They auditioned by the
thousands. They were called back by the hundreds. And
now, only three remain. A teenage country prodigy from
Texas. An electro-pop indie rocker from Massachusetts. A
couple of Okies from Muskogee. In 24 hours, give or
take, one of these three acts will be named... THE
VOICE. It's winner take all.
But first, they must sing
for your votes.
The Swon Brothers
As a reminder of what is at stake... the
title and a recording contract with Universal Records Group. Also... every iTunes download
to this point counts as a vote. If your single is
on the iTunes top 10 by the end of the voting window, your votes will be
multiplied by 10. And as close as the competition is, every download
counts. Remember, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A WINNER.
Before we go to war, we have "A Little
Help From My Friends" by the coaches.
Each singer will sing two times. One is a
contestant's choice. One is a coach's choice for a "defining moment".
First up to bat for the finals... The
first duo to make it to the finals... From Muskogee, OK... The Swon Brothers.
Every song they've sung on the show was representative of what they want
to do and who they want to be. Their first salvo... a classic rock
standard from the Eagles, "I Can't Tell You Why".
THEY SAY: Usher hopes it does well for
them. Shakira thought it was a good idea to have them do this song, as
she's attracted to the falsetto. "You have this universal appeal." Adam
says they did an incredible job. Coach Blake calls this the best season
of "The Voice" so far, agreeing with Usher when he says that they're
WE SAY: I love this song. Harmony is
crucial on this song, especially in the chorus. On the chorus, both
brothers end up going high, still vocalizing, but one needed to go low
as a contrast. Still, a very nice start that will bridge voting blocks.
Batting second is a redefining moment
from Michelle Chamuel, who is singing a song that impressed
Taylor Swift herself. Her coach's choice: "Knew You Were Trouble".
THEY SAY: Shakira says her energy is
contagious and that she's an original artist. Adam says that, regardless
of what goes on in the show, people scream so loud and Michelle feeds
off that energy. Blake says that she's evolving into a bonafide rock
star. Coach Usher: "Michelle Chamuel: the winner."
WE SAY: She nails all of the notes. The
problem? She nailed all of the notes when she did it the first time. And
again, she probably wants to save some energy for later. She still has
TWO more performances. Still, it's enough for her fans. Now she needs to
go and get some more fans.
Finally, Blake takes the stage to sing
with one of his protégés, Danielle Bradbery. The song they're
going to tackle together (and they've tackled a LOT together, which is
why they're even here in the first place) is "Timber, I'm Falling in
Love" by Patty Loveless.
WE SAY: First of all, whoever designed
the show piece for this performance needs to be drug out onto the street
of Universal City and made an example of. I had to be the Dark Enforcer
of GSNN here... But I'm going to channel my inner Gordon Pepper... Blake
was carrying that performance, and Danielle was blander than a ream of
The Swons are back with their defining
moment, as Blake chooses a classic from last week, "Danny's Song" by
Loggins & Messina.
THEY SAY: Usher says that they
personalize that record and did it justice. Adam agrees with Usher.
Coach Blake says it could be on the radio right now. Blake guarantees
that this will be playing on the radio in Oklahoma on Wednesday morning.
WE SAY: Every bit as haunting as the
first time they did it. .. But who was that guy who ran off in the
Amherst, MA's Michelle returns with her
solo performance. She's gone with Usher since the start, and Usher has
believed in her from the start. She's grown and prospered in the
process, and hopefully her performance of Annie Lennox's "Why" will be a
climax to the whole adventure.
THEY SAY: Shakira: "One thing is to
conquer people's hearts. The next thing is to stay in those hearts."
Blake thought it was a laid-back performance. Coach Usher thought it was
a connection to "our story". She does possess likeability and
WE SAY: Interesting goof on the music
video if you've ever seen it or you are reading this and you've just
Googled it. A testament to her artistry... I didn't know that was a
plasma TV instead of a TV. Very good command of the performance. You
almost wonder what, if anything, she has left in the tank, because THAT
was a winning vocal.
Finally, Blake is talking to the Swons
about getting to the finals, the first duo to do so. The duo becomes a
trio when they all sing "Celebrity" by Brad Paisley.
WE SAY: That was just plain fun.
The pride of Cypress, TX, Danielle will
perform two songs this round. Her first is her defining moment, "Maybe
It Was Memphis" by Pam Tillis.
THEY SAY: Shakira says she's grabbing the
bull by the horns and going straight to the vein of America. Adam says
that her voice is unbelievably perfect, making a bold prediction that
Danielle wins this thing. Coach Blake says that America just met a star.
"You're one of the most important artists we've seen on this stage."
WE SAY: Danielle's starting to show some
signs of life as she works her stage presence, breaking out of that
shell she was in for the last few weeks. You have one performance left.
Do not go desperate with it. You're starting to come alive and you
believe you can win.
BEFORE WE GO ANY FURTHER! All three
finalists team up for one more performance. The song is "Home" by Edward
Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. They're joined by... the REST OF THE TOP
Michelle returns with her supercoach duet
with Usher after a family brunch. The song, "One" by U2. I believe
they're going for the U2/Mary J version.
WE SAY: Actually no, it's was a straight
duet, complete with harmonies and call-and-responses.
It's the FINAL performance before we let
you loose with the phones and the texts and what not. It's Danielle
Bradbery and "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans. This is the first full-on
uptempo song that she's doing. Is this the right time to take that risk?
THEY SAY: Usher said that going with
Blake was a good move. Adam says that her perfection is boring her.
Blake says that he's one of the millions of people she has wrapped
around her finger."
WE SAY: She's just standing there singing
it. It's a big song. She needs to do more with it. She needs to make an
impression. She's got a phenomenal voice. But is that going to be enough
to win? I want to say it isn't.
So let's review... What we think... and
who won what.
SOLO PERFORMANCE: Michelle Chamuel
DEFINING MOMENT: The Swon Brothers
The non-graded COACH DUET: The Swon Brothers
... well now. This could go any way.
We'll see HOW it goes, and who wins it all TOMORROW. In the meantime...
ahem... Stay tuned for "The Winner Is" coming up next over most of these
NBC stations... and remember to support local & independent music!
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