“The Voice” Recap: For Your Consideration
The three finalists on The Voice performed for America’s votes for the last time the night of Monday, June 17. A recording contract is at stake along with bragging rights for the winning coach, which will be either Usher or Blake Shelton—both of whom were shown during filmed segments breaking bread with their artists and their families. Awww, it really seems like genuine bonds have been formed during the course of the season, which wound down with music galore, including an opening number featuring Usher, Blake, Shakira and Adam Levine on The Beatles classic “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
And toward the end of the night, The Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery and Michelle Chamuel were joined onstage by their eliminated team mates for a warm and fuzzy rendition of “Home” by American Idol Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips. The most important songs, of course, were the ones sung for America’s votes: Those included duets with the coaches, ones that represented defining moments from the season and ones that were meant to put the finalists over the top. Here’s how they attempted to woo us.
The Swon Brothers
Their Duet: The feel-good country song “Celebrity” by Brad Paisley
Their Defining Moment: Blake chose “Danny’s Song,” because they really connected with people, including Adam and Usher, who both spoke of being transported during their performance.
Their Clincher: Score one for the Okies, who proved to Adam they were worthy and capable of covering the Eagles with “I Can’t Tell You Why,” during which Colton showed his falsetto range and drew comparisons to the Bee Gees by Usher. Said Blake of the first-ever duo to make it to the finale, “You’re on this ramp up and that’s exciting to see.”
Her Duet: A joyous and energetic version of “One” by U2.
Her Defining Moment: The passionate singer from Massachusetts wowed once again with “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift. “People are screaming so loud that our ears hurt,” said Adam. Added Blake, “You’re becoming a rock star in front of our eyes.”
Her Clincher: Backed up by a gospel choir and singing to herself in a mirror, Michelle’s voice soared on “Why” by Annie Lennox. Usher deemed his protégé likable and capable, which are two qualities he thinks every artist should possess.
Her Duet: How adorable was it to see Blake and Danielle join forces on “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” by Patty Loveless?
Her Defining Moment: Blake admitted having trouble narrowing it down to just one, but he settled on her first live performance, “Maybe It Was Memphis” by Pam Tillis.
Her Clincher: Blake decided to give his rising 16-year-old star a “full-on up-tempo song” when he chose “Born to Fly” by Sara Evans for Danielle, who nailed it. “Your perfection is kind of boring me at this point,” joked Adam, who also predicted Danielle would go on to win this thing.
We’ll find out if he was right Tuesday when Season 4 comes to a finish.