On The Voice tonight, the Final Top 3 competitors remaining will be singing for the opportunity to be voted by you, America, as the winner and “The Voice,” and get a Sony recording contract. Who will be the winner — Jake Worthington, from Team Blake; Josh Kaufman, from Team Usher; or Christina Grimmie, from Team Adam? It’s up to you to decide, America!
Carson Daly, the host of The Voice, started off the show by introducing the judges, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher, then he introduced the three competitors left. He said that each of them will be singing two songs, and also a duet with their coaches. Then, we saw recaps of how each of the Finalists got to the Finales, after months of preparation “game changing decisions and incredible performances,” as Carson Daly put it.
Carson added “The entire competition is at stake.”
Carson said that fans chose which of the songs the competitors sang previously will be once again sung tonight. Christina Grimmie is up first with America’s Pick, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. She NAILED it, doing an AMAZING job! She really got the audience into the performance, and had them cheering and waving their arms in the air. She OWNED this song! Voting is open — will Christina be getting your votes, America, or will they go instead to Josh and/or Jake?
Blake: “I’m not surprised that America picked that song. I’m so glad that they picked that song. It was you, it was great.”
Usher: “Though there’s been times you’ve been on the bottom, you have constantly fought to be on the top.”
Shakira: “Your upper register is just insane. You knocked it out of the park.”
Adam: “You came out today, and just to see the transformation — I felt like I was watching you performing the song on some kind of award show.”
After the first commercial break, Usher meets with Josh Kaufman and discuss how they’ll be singing “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. It’s a creepy song on some levels, but it’s full of emotion, also.
It’s the first duet of the night on The Voice. Josh and Usher ROCK THIS SONG OUT! Usher started off the song, and Josh joined in, their voices blending and harmonizing extremely well together. There was fog on the stage, and the audience were waving their arms in the air and clapping along as they sang.
When The Voice returned from another commercial break, Carson met with the Wayan Brothers and talked about next week’s Last Comic Standing season premiere.
Then, Carson introduced Jake Worthington, who sang America’s Pick for him, the Keith Whitley song “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The audience swayed their arms in the air and really got into the song, cheering at various points. It was a great song choice for Jake Worthington.
Usher: “It’s because of your hard work and your coaching that you continued to grow as a performer.”
Shakira: “Now you’ve gained an identity. Your voice is so perfect on that song, so tender and real.”
Blake: “Keith Whitley is such a great artist, who we lost so early in his career. Thank you for continuing to go back to the roots of country music.”
Carson talked with each of the three Finalists a little bit before more performances. Then, Shakira and Blake Shelton sang their duet, “Medicine.” They did a great job, and the audience clapped as they sang. They sing really well together, and got the audience pumped up with their performance.
Carson Daly said that after another commercial break on The Voice, Josh Kaufman will be performing again. He will be singing America’s Pick for him, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder.
Josh Kaufman has a very cool, soulful voice, This is the song that caused Usher to steal him away from Adam earlier in the season. He did a TERRIFIC job singing it, and hit some uber high notes. He’s shown a lot of growth this season. The audience clapped along right from the very beginning to the end of his performance, then erupted into applause.
Shakira: “You have a voice that has such charisma, and is so dynamic, with so many facets. Thank God Usher saved you!”
Adam: “You twisted the knife by performing the song that took me right back to the Battle Rounds.”
Blake: “Not only did you sing the CRAP out of that song, you Mad-Libbed the crap out of it.”
Usher: “The Voice needs a new touch. That’s what I have with Josh –he is the New Voice of The Voice.”
Carson says that “Coming up on The Voice, Christina Grimmie will be singing a duet with Adam.” They will be singing “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
After the break, we hear Christina and Adam discussing the song they’;; be performing. The rehearsals of it sounded great, so the performance will likely also be KILLER.
Adam began the song, singing the first few lines. Then, Christina joined in, with her part. The audience immediately cheered. They were INCREDIBLE! The audience clapped along and cheered. They sounded so AMAZING together singing this song! Man, they TORE the song UP! As the finished singing, they gave each other a big hug, and The Voice went to another commercial break.
Next, Carson Daly and Jake Worthington sat down together to talk about how he went from getting no chairs turned last season to this season, when he got four chairs to turn. He said “The judges don’t make me feel small. They don’t.”
Jake tells Blake he was born in 1996. Blake calls him “the little brother I never had.” Jake will be singing “Right Here Waiting” for his solo song. He was pretty AMAZING, and the females in the audience cheered at various moments during the song, voicing their appreciation of how well Jake was singing. Blake stood up, joining the audience, in giving Jake a standing ovation.
Usher: “It was a spotless performance. You’re young, but yet, you pulled it off.”
Shakira: “You really are making the song new. You are really singing amaingly well. I can hear subtleties and nuances in your voice.”
Adam: ‘There’s a new kind of sigh in your voice, and you have a new way of singing –can you teach me?”
Blake: “In six seasons of being a coach on this show, I don’t think there’s been a more honest narrator of a song than you. Thank you for bringing that back into country music. This is exciting.”
Carson said that Adam and Usher will be joining forces and singing right after the next commercial break on The Voice, then Blake and Jake will be singing a duet together later.
After the break, Carson asked Shakira what it was like working with Blake on the song “Medicine.” She said he was one of her favorite artists of today.
Then, Carson introduced Usher and Adam singing “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” Adam began the song, and played his electric guitar. Usher joined in, and the females in the audience screamed and cheered. They both have such a wide vocal range, and can sing in the upper registers with ease. They both sang the CRAP out of this song! The audience swayed their arms in the air as Adam and Usher made musical magic on the stage of The Voice.
Carson: “Coming up on The Voice, Jake and Blake will be singing a duet together, and Christina Grimmie will be singing an Elvis song!”
Carson spoke with Maya Rudolph after the break, and she talked about what her show will be about. It comes on right after The Voice.
Then, we got to see Blake Shelton and Jake Worthington talking about their duet, “A Country Boy Can Survive.” Their rehearsals sounded AMAZING.Blake told him that this is what his future will be like, though Jake said he needed to graduate from high school first.
Blake sat on a stool playing a guitar. He and Blake KNOCKED THIS SONG OUT of the PARK! They KILLED this song! The audience clapped along as they both sang. This just might be the performance of the night so far on The Voice, but there’s still more to come.
Carson says that “Coming up on The Voice, Christina Grimmie will sing the Elvis Presley song ‘Can’t help Falling In Love,’ and Josh Kaufman will sing ‘Set Fire to the Rain.'”
When The Voice returned, Carson talked with Christina about how she got to the Finale episodes. She and Adam took some chances, and Christina was in the Bottom Three recently; but, she pushed through that setback, and continued on, seemingly unperturbed.
“The ending of this song needs to be epic,” Christina says about the Elvis song she’ll be singing. She TOTALLY NAILS THIS SONG! The audience cheered right after the first line she sang. Christina just might have won with this performance, she was that good. The high note that she hit around the end of the song — WOW! Adam and the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Blake: “Christina, I’ve always admired your willingness to take chances. I thought it sounded great.”
Usher: “You are such an incredible vocalist. You’ve got a great coach.”
Shakira: “That was flawless! I’m in complete awe — Wow!”
Adam: “I wanted your vocal to be louder — you couldn’t have made it too loud. Every choice along the way, she made. This is YOURS. If you won the show with that song, it was all up to you.”
Carson announced that after yet another commercial break on The Voice, Josh will be closing out the Finale show by singing “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele.
Before Josh sings, he and Carson sat down and talked about what has led Josh to this point of the season on The Voice. If Usher hadn’t stolen him, Josh would have gone home. He’s a fantastic performer, and has been at #2 on iTunes earlier this season. Will this performance put Josh into the Winner’s Circle?
Josh sang his heart out with this song, and his voice just kept getting stronger as the song progressed. The audience clapped along as he sang, and the stage was lit up with candles. The song was a perfect choice for him, and it showcased his brilliant and wide vocal range. The violinists performing behind him were a great touch, also. Josh hit some stupid high notes near the end of this song. Usher got up out of his chair, joining in the standing ovation for Josh.
Adam: “You’re super amazing!”
Usher: “Oh, my God! Throughout this process, you’ve wanted to represent soul. That’s who you are. You made it to the TOP Ten 100 Songs of the country. You are the winner of this competition!”
Do you think that Josh deserves to be the winner and be declared “The Voice” America? If so, show it by voting for him! However, if you liked one of the other performers more, vote for him or her, instead! The performances of the Top Three tonight were incredible, and even the two who don’t win will likely wind up with a recording contract. Please let me know, America, who you think deserves to win of these three, in the comment area below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb