The Voice season eight finale is tonight. Who from the final four will go on to win? This years competition is proving to be a tough one. The four finalist Sawyer Fredericks, Koryn Hawthorne, Joshua Davis and Meghan Linsey sang their hearts out Monday night. The four contestants performed three songs each, showing America that they certainly have the talent to move on. They each performed a cover song, a duet with their coach, and a original. The original song was a new for the show this year.
Sawyer Fredericks, the young 16-year-old from Fultonville, New York, performed Old Man by Neil Young. He did a duet with coach Pharrell Williams, singing Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft, and an original written by Ray LaMontagne, called Please. The young star, and fan favorite since the beginning of the season wowed the audience and awed the coaches with his performances.
Koryn Hawthorne, 17, who is from Abbeville, Louisiana, gave an amazing performance of It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World, by James Brown. She did a duet with Williams of We Can Work it Out, by the iconic Beatles. Her original song, written by Williams, was Bright Fire. Her powerful voice and work ethic which Williams compared to that of Beyonce has kept this young woman in fan’s hearts.
Joshua Davis, a 37-year-old from Travis City, Michigan, sang Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen. He sang Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, by Paul Simon with Adam Levine. His original was written by himself, called The Workingmans’ Hymn, a folk song that people said showed his true talent. His song writing skills and performance impressed Blake Shelton.
Meghan Linsey, 28, from New Orleans, Louisiana, performed When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge. Her duet with coach Shelton was Freeway of Love by Aretha Franklin. Her original was co-written by her and her friends that is called Change My Mind.
The Voice finale comes after a competitive eighth season. The four hopefuls have beaten many other contestants to make it here. Sawyer Fredericks started on his journey on The Voice with singing I am a Man of Constant Sorrow, originally recorded by Dick Burnett, in his blind audition. Within ten seconds of hearing Fredericks’ voice all four judges turned their chairs. Fredericks who is a farm boy has been with Team Williams from the beginning. Having been warned by Williams that his type of music was not popular, he has surprised Williams with making folk music popular among fans of the show.
Koryn Hawthorne, who was originally on Team Christina, sang My Kind of Love by Emeli Sande for her blind audition. She later joined Team Williams. Koryn, who was raised by her single mother, credits The Voice with bringing her family closer. The rising star’s father had been in prison while she was growing up, but now her father and her are getting closer, something she is grateful for.
Joshua Davis performed Shall Be Released by Bob Dylan at his blind audition. The performance received a standing ovation from Shelton and Levine. Davis started off on Team Blake but was stolen by Levine later on. Davis has not had the easiest time on the show, halfway through the season he was almost sent home, luckily though he was saved by viewers. Davis, a family man, has performed in front of large crowds before, perhaps that edge may have helped him.
Meghan Linsey performed Love Hurts by Nazareth for her blind Audition. Strangely enough, the singer was unable to get Shelton to turn his chair even though she had toured with him before. Linsey had originally chosen to be on Williams team, but later became part of Team Blake. Linsey’s original song Change My Mind, that she co-wrote, was about not changing one’s life for a man. The song was written while she was in a painful relationship, something that she has overcome which she believes helped her to become a better performer.
Fans of the show were able to vote until noon today for who they want to win in The Voice season eight finale. The Voice airs tonight on NBC at eight p.m.
By Jessica Hamel
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