The Voice; visions of The Voice Final Three competitors danced in my head and sang last night, and I was left with no doubts that tonight’s finale would be amaze-ball levels awesome, off-the -charts, kick-ass musical fun!
“More than half the songs on the Top Ten are occupied by our finalists,” Carson said to start the show, after he introduced the judges and Final Three competitors. Christina Aguilera and Pitbull then sang “Feel This Moment.” Hot-looking dancing girls came out as they sang.
Pitbull actually did pretty good, which surprised me; I wasn’t expecting much from his performance; he’s an excellent rapper, though.
Shakira baked a cake for Blake; it’s his 48th. birthday today. Usher told Crason about how proud he was of Michelle Chamuel: “It’s an indication that America realizes the hard work she’s put in.”
If Blake’s team wins tonight, it will be his third win in a row — talk about your great birthday presents! Michelle Chamuel will have to beat both The Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradberry to win.
The Swon Brothers were joined onstage with Amber Carrington, Holly Tucker, and Justin Rivers and they sang “Stars Tonight” by Lady Antebellum. Still more filler, but they sounded great together, nevertheless.
Next, they had a short bit about fans who tried to imitate their favorite judges. The one who did Adam Levine was the funniest, in my opinion.
Michelle Chamuelle sang a duet with OneRepublic, “Counting Stars.” Michelle — it bears repeating — kicked some royal ass. It was a killer performance; tres bien, indeed.
After commercials, Carson talked about “unique coaching mehtods” used during the season. Usher put a mirror in front of Michelle, and she sang “True Colors” into it.
Blake gave the Shake-It sorts of things — pseudo exercise devices — to the Swon Brothers to try out.
He told Danielle she needs to “catch the notes” and mimed catching a note she sang using chopsticks. She did the same back to him when he sang. It was corny, but kinda funny.
Florida Georgia Line got onstage and sang “Cruise” and then Nelly joined them, and the song went up to a whole ‘nother level, with a lot more energy added to it –Usher and Blake stood up and applauded them.
Another singing group sang — I should probably know who they are, but I didn’t recognize them at all — they sounded very good, though.
Danielle Bradberry, Caroline Glaser, Amber Carrington and Sarah Simmons got their turn onstage to sing a Carrie Underwood tune.
Then, the judges talked about “Confessionals,” like guilty pleasures. Usher talked with sock puppets. They answered the wuestion about who would you be if you weren’t you — silly stuff — the competitors answered questions, also.
Bruno Mars was next, and he sang “Treasure.” He’s very talented — his background singers were dressed in red, as he was, and beams of spotlights crossed the stage. I liked him when he hosted SNL awhile ago — he was great at impersonating other singers, like Michael Jackson. The audience got into it, swaying their arms back and forth over their heads.
Bob Seger sang his iconic song “Night Moves” with — you guessed it — The Swon Brothers! They really did a pretty awesome job together. The Swon Brothers can’t sing as low-down and gravelly as Bob Seger, but they still sounded purty darn good together.
Another silly “comic” bit involved the other judges trying to spell long complex words that Shakira used during the season, like “diaphanous” and “conundrum.” Blake defined “juxtaposition” as meaning “just a position” in Colombia. It was a laugh-a minute good fun.
After the umpteenth-million commercial break, another musical group came on stage which I didn’t know and had never heard of before. Katia, Judith Hill, Karina Iglesias and Sasha Allen are back to sing En Vogue’s “Never Gonna Get It.” They repeated those words a billion times, anyway….
Carson Daly took the Final Three out to what he said would be a “photo shoot.” Instead, each of the remaining three competitors were presented with new Kia cars. Danielle, 16, in particular, was excited about getting her first car ever.
Danielle sang a duet with Hunter Hayes, “I Want Crazy.” Their voices blended melodiously together. The guitarist who accompanied them added some very cool riffs. If Danielle somehow doesn’t win, I have little doubt that she will still be signed by a major record label tomorrow –they probably all will sign with record labels, really.
Michelle reunited the other past members of Team Usher who got voted off. They sang “We Can Work It Out” by the Beatles. I love the Beatles — it was not exactly my favorite version of the song, but I am a major Beatles fan, so…parts of the song sounded pretty good, though…they tried to give it a funky sound, and they did; I just am a Beatles purist, I guess. I do like U2’s version of “Helter Skelter,” though.
Next, Cher was introduced by Carson Daly, and she sang her latest song, “A Woman’s World.” Her hair…looked “startling,” according to my teen daughter. I might call it “campy.” The song was okay, I guess…the audience seemed to like it, anyway.
After commercials, Carson asked the Final Three for their last thoughts. One of The Swon Brothers said it was “the best experience ever” and they thanked Blake, and called him a “big brother.” Michelle said: “T”hank you so much for being you,” and said she was very grateful to him.
In Third Place: The Swon Brothers
Second Place: Michelle Chamuel (dang it–I wanted her to win, though Danielle is fantastic, also)
The Winner: Danielle Bradberry!!!
Danielle closed the show and The Voice Season 4 with the song: “Born to Fly.”
The Voice Season 4 Amaze-balls Finale was just that — amaze-balls good, to use the coined word Usher came up with. Did YOUR favorite win?