Tonight the winner of The Voice will be crowned in a live two-hour finale to the NBC singing contest’s fourth season. Pros including Bruno Mars, once (and future?) Voice coach Christina Aguilera, Nelly, Cher and Florida Georgia Line are scheduled to perform.
Last night was the last opportunity for the three finalists to make their vocal cases to America. After the coaches collaborated on a stirring version of “With a Little Help from My Friends” that was more Joe Cocker than Beatles, each act got a chance to sing three songs: a duet with their coach, a reprise of their “defining moment” and a new offering.
Adam and Shakira, who don’t have dogs in tonight’s race, got to sit this one out.
One thing you can say about The Voice: the show’s diversity is refreshing. These are not your cookie-cutter pop acts. Maybe that’s why none of the winners so far has enjoyed post-show commercial success.But there's no denying their talents.
So check out last night’s final solo performances.
First up, the Swon Brothers, going all feathery and falsetto for The Eagles “I Can’t Tell You Why”. (Their defining moment was Kenny Loggins’ “Danny’s Song”.)
Next Michelle Chamuel with an intriguing if overproduced rendition of “Why” originally recorded by Annie Lennox. (Chamuel earlier reprised Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”.)
Finishing off the night was young Danielle Bradbery, soaring on Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly”. (She first revisited “Maybe It Was Memphis”, a hit for Pam Tillis.)
Who do you like to win tonight? It’s a tough call but I’m going with the Swons.