Last night, The Voice started off finals week with a tribute to all those lost in last Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. While the coaches, contestants, and even Carson Daly sang an emotional rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” they held small white cards that read the names and ages of those who were lost, a glaring reminder that the majority of the victims were so small and so innocent.
After the touching introduction to the show, thankfully, there were a few minutes before the first performer since I doubt there were many viewers who could see through the tears in their eyes. Once giving everyone time to compose themselves, The Voice took us on a quick trip down memory lane, revisiting the journeys that the final three contestants had traveled to get to the finals.
The first actual performance of the night went to Nicholas David, who turned up the heat (literally) and livened things up a bit with a medley of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.” With flames bursting from his piano, he delivered a solid and exciting performance that everyone feeling more upbeat. Nicholas’s other performances of the night included a reprise of his rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” and a highly entertaining duet with his coach, Cee Lo Green, of “Play that Funky Music.”
The dark horse of the competition, Cassadee Pope, continued her climb in momentum last night with a solid reprise of Blake Shelton’s “Over You” that almost sounded new again. For her duet with her coach, she and Mr. Shelton seemed to have a good time with Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen.” For her final performance of the night, Cassadee took on Faith Hill’s “Cry,” an ambitious choice that she nailed, leaving me again to wonder if we are not going to see an upset with a Pope victory at tonight’s finale results show.
The final performer of the night was everyone’s favorite Scottish rocker, Terry McDermott, who kicked off his night with a killer duet (also with coach, Blake Shelton) of “Dude Looks Like a Lady” and although Blake is the seasoned professional, Terry kept up and surpassed him vocally last night. For his other performances, Terry sang his son’s favorite song Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings” (way to raise that boy right, Terry) and a reprisal of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which he actually sang better even than he did the first time around.
As finalists go, the three remaining contestants on The Voice are as good as they come. Rarely do you watch a competition show such as this and feel at peace regardless of who wins because you know they all deserve to be there. That being said, I am rooting for Terry McDermott all the way and hope that tomorrow we will all be rocking Spinal Tap type mullets in celebration. Unfortunately, with Cassadee Pope’s continuous momentum, not to mention Nicholas David’s quirky, yet entertaining style, there’s no telling who will walk away with the prize.
Who do you think will be declared the winner of season 3 on tonight’s results show? Share your thoughts below.
The Voice finale airs tonight at 8/7c on NBC.