The Voice (NBC) was down to the final six in Season 4.The Final Six Countdown included tons of highlights, with the women left, in particular, giving stellar performances.
The decision about who will move ahead to the semifinal round won’t be announced until Tuesday, but with Holly Tucker and Amber Carrington being on the verge of leaving last week, they needed to deliver the goods tonight to stay in the competition.
Each competitor had to sing two songs on Monday, whereas so far in The Voice Season 4 they only had to sing one.
Team Blake had the clear edge as the night began. Voice judge Blake Shelton had three competitors on his team left, while each of the other judges only had one each.
Holly Tucker of Team Blake started the show off on the right note, singing “God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” by Martina McBride for her first song of the night, in my opinion, though Usher didn’t care for her performance very much.
Usher said he had “wanted to see more” and “it was not a particularly good performance.”
The next competitor was Michelle Chamuel, from Team Usher. Her first song was “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane. She sang this alternative music song beautifully, and rocked it out.
Then, Sasha Allen of Team Shakira was up for her first song of the night. She performed Aretha Franklin’s classic song, “Ain’t No Way.” If you closed your eyes while she was singing, you could almost imagine that the Queen of Soul was back and in her prime.
The next act to perform was the duet, The Swon Brothers, of Team Blake.They poured a lot of emotion into the Darius Rucker song, “Wagon Wheel.”
The Swon Brothers are the only duet in the history of The Voice that has made it this far. They were great, and just might have ensured that they will be around for another week.
One of my favorite performers that have made it to this point in the competition is Danielle Bradberry, of Team Bake, who at 16 is the youngest contestant yet to make it to the semifinal round.
Danielle sang the Pam Tillis song, “Shake the Sugar Tree.” She was sitting on a tree on stage, while she sang it. She has a powerful voice, and I was impressed by her performance.
Amber Carrington of Team Adam — his last performer on his team — performed a rockin’ ballad by the 1980’s “hair band” Skid Row. It was called “I Remember You.”
Fire encircled the stage as she belted the song out, and it was a nice special effect, but it was her amazing singing that really go the audience on their feet.
The Swon Brothers'(Team Blake) second tune of the night was my favorite of their two songs. It was the old Merl Haggard song, “Okie from Muskogee.” Blake loved it, and Usher said: “This song proves you don’t have to smoke marijuana to have a good time.”
Holly Tucker’s (Team Blake) second song was the Rascal Flatts tune, “My Wish.” She improved over her first performance of the night, making the decision of the voters of America even more difficult.
In my opinion, Holly sang the sang even better than Rascal Flatts does. She sang it from her heart, and the audience seemed to love it.
However, Shakira appeared to not be very impressed. She said that Holly “was consistently good,” but then added “you were in tune most of the time.”
Michelle Chamuel, from Team Usher, gave an incredible performance of “You Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift.
In rehearsals, Taylor Swift came to see her and give her advice. Swift was very impress, and gave her a big hug. Violinists in the background accompanied her.
The audience clapped along with the song and stood up and applauded afterwards.
Team Adam’s Amber Carrington gave her final performance of the evening next. It was the Patsy Cline standard, “Crazy.” It was the second strong performance by Amber of the night, and she sang it with a bluesy feeling to it. I liked the tinkling piano playing in the background, also.
Adam said of the performance that Amber “brought a purity to it.”
Then, Danielle of Team Blake sang the tune “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans. This was yet another highlight of the evening, and Blake said of her performance that “it’s so special, so freakin’ special.”
The last performer of the show was Sasha Allen of Team Shakira. She sang “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood. It was a smokin’ hot performance, and a great way to close the episode.
Shakira told her in practice sessions that she wanted Sasha to sing it as if she was “pissed,” which she did, to great effect.
Usher called her another “Sasha Fierce,” and Shakira agreed with his assessment.
The Voice Final Six Countdown, as I called this episode, had some very powerful performances. It will be interesting to see which performer get voted out by America next, and which will make it to the Final Five.
Written by: Douglas Cobb