On The Voice, it’s the Live Semi-Finals episode! The Top Three competitors who get to move on to the Finals next Monday will be revealed. Also, Danielle Bradbery, last season’s winner on The Voice, will perform tonight, as will Cassadee Pope, who was the winner the season before last. The Swon Brothers and Michelle Chamuele, from last season, will also perform. America, who did your votes ensure will move on, and which two of the Top Five will be sent home tonight? Please read my Recap/Review which follows, to find out!
The host of The Voice, Carson Daly, introduced the coaches/mentors of The Voice, with the Top Five competitors left standing behind him. The coaches briefly recapped last night’s performances, and we once again heard some of their reactions to the performances.
Carson said that every song downloaded will count in the total next week, in helping to determine this season’s winner of The Voice.
The Swon Brothers were the first performers of the night, singing a song off of their latest album, “Later On” They did a tremendous job, and had the audience rockin’ with their upbeat country song. Carson mentioned that they were signed now with Sony, and things are looking pretty good for this group that was on Team Blake last season, along with Danielle Bradbery, who was the ultimate winner.
After the next commercial break, Carson said he’ll announce the name of the first person leaving tonight, who was one of the competitors who got the lowest amount of votes from America and won’t get to move on to next week’s Finals.
After the break, Carson asked Adam Levine what made him the most proud about his team.
“I’m proud of all of them, and I’m just proud that we all banded together and stuck together for this long,” Adam said.
Carson said congratulations to Christina Aguilera for her song’s premiere, “Say Something,” do so well on the charts.
Christina talked about her team member, Jacquie Lee, and about how great she is and that she has a great chance of winning it all.
Then, the Confessional segment of the show was a Holiday Confessional bit. Christina wore a Santa Claus hat, the competitors and coaches did a version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and…it was basically a filler bit, but it was kind of interesting, and mildly humorous.
“I have the name of the first artist with one of the lowest number of votes and therefore who is leaving us tonight. The first artist leaving us tonight is — James Wolpert from Team Adam.”
That really surprised me — I thought he’d move on to the Finals, likely with Tessanne Chin and Jacquie Lee.
After another commercial break, Carson introduced a competitor who was a runner-up from last season on The Voice, Michelle Chamuele. She sang her hit “Go Down singing,” an especially appropriate one for a show like this. Michelle was my favorite to win last season, but Danielle Bradberry beat her out.
Michelle Chamuele was on Team Usher, and she has a very powerful, dynamic voice. I really enjoyed seeing her perform again tonight. Her new album will come out in 2014.
Carson then brought out the remaining four artists. He asked Jacquie what she learned about herself on The Voice.
Jacquie: “I learned so much about myself, and Christina taught me so much. I want to be a better person.”
“The first finalist is — Tessanne Chin, from Team Adam! You are a finalist on The Voice! Congratulations! When we come back, homecoming performances by Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradberry on The Voice,” Carson said.
Carson then read some questions. The first one: “Was Adam tearing up last night at Tessanne Chin’s performance?”
Adam: “No, but I was close.”
A woman from India asked what Blake wanted from Santa for Christmas, and he said: “Some beer.”
Carson then introduced Cassadee Pope, who sang “I Wish (I Could Break Your Heart).” It was a country song — Cassadee has a fantastic voice, and she showed off her powerful pipes and vocal range with her performance. She did an awesome job singing the song!
Carson: “That sounded so good! That was amazing!”
Then, in a touching moment of the episode, Carson presented Cassadee with a special plaque marking her millionth downloaded song. I hadn’t started watching The Voice the season when she won, but Cassadee has a really great voice, and I enjoyed listening to her sing.
Danielle Bradbery then performed a hit from her latest album, “Heart of Dixie.” I really liked it; Danielle has a wonderful voice, and she deserves all of the success she’s getting now. I hope she has a long and successful career.
Danielle’s album debuted at number one on the iTunes Country Music album chart, according to Carson.
The four remaining artists came out onto the stage, and Carson announced the name of the next artist moving on. “Your second finalist is — Jacquie Lee, from Team Christina! Congratulations!”
Next, we saw Danielle Bradbery singing “My Day” off of her new album. The song will be used during the Winter Olympics. I hadn’t heard the song before — it sounded pretty amazing.
Back from break, Carson announced the name of the last person moving on to the Finals. He said “The last finalist is — Will Champlin from Team Adam!”
WHOA! For the first time in the history of The Voice thus far, Blake Shelton will not have a team member moving onward to the Finals, and he will not be able to win, as he has the first three seasons!
The Voice was just an hour long tonight, but it was full of terrific music, suspense, and tension. The three finalists are, once again, from Team Adam, the amazing Tessanne Chin and Will Champlin, and from Team Christina, the incredible Jacquie Lee.
Cole Vosbury and James Wolpert are both terrific singers, also, and I’m sorry to see them go, but I think that it won’t be the last we see of them, and I think they probably will both get signed by a record label soon. Please leave your opinions and comments below, and tune in with me next week to watch the Finals on The Voice and then come back here to read my Recap/Review of it!
Written by: Douglas Cobb