On the Monday evening episode of The Voice, the top five contestants gave excellent performances in the semi-finals, making it a tough call as to who would stick around and who would be saying sayonara to both coaches and the remaining three who’d be headed into the finals. When it came time for Tuesday night’s elimination show, America watched on as Carson named off the first to be leaving the competition, stunning many who took to Twitter to share their surprise and disappointment.
Let’s fast forward, however to the show before the eliminations. It was a night of returning performers for Team Blake, as The Swon Brothers came back to perform their single “Later On”. I loved them last season, so it was great to see their energy on the stage. Right after their performance, the famous Voice Confessional, where the coaches and the five contestants did their own little version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Adam should never do a swan. Ever.
Returning finalist from last year, who was on Usher’s team, Michelle Chamuel, who performed her tune “Go Down Singing.” I wasn’t too into her performance because I was still smarting from the first person that was eliminated from the competition (we’ll get into that in a moment). It was the night of returning winners, as Cassadee Pope, the season three winner for Blake, came to perform her latest hit “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart.”
Blake was definitely the proud papa in the red chair, not only did he have The Swon Brothers and Cassadee Pope return to perform their latest hits, but Blake’s last season’s winner, Danielle Bradbery returned as well to complete the evening’s show with her performance of “Never Like This” After watching her performance, I didn’t feel at all connected to the song, which made one wonder if she needed to have much more time to develop her emotional connect with the songs she’s singing.
Now on to what this show is was all about; the eliminations. In the first time ever this season, host Carson Daly didn’t read off who the first person going through to the finals would be, but rather stunned all watching who would be going home. Dashing Adam Levine’s hopes to have all three of his contestants, James P. Wolpert, Tessanne Chin, and Will Champlin moving on to the finals, one of his contestants was sent packing. That contestant was sadly James. I truly thought he was stronger than both Cole Vosbury from Blake’s team or Jacquie Lee, who is the lone contestant from Christina Aguilera’s team.
Tessanne, who gave an emotional performance on Monday’s show moved forward as one of the finalists in the competition. She definitely deserved her spot on the show because she’s been superb each week and continues to advance vocally with each song given to her. At the beginning of the show, Adam, who shared with Tessanne that her performance brought her mother to tears, was shown having her backstage to give Tessanne a hug.
Christina, who has worked hard in shaping and teaching Jacquie all about being not only a singer but also showing emotion with her songs, was happy as could be when her lone vocalists slid into an open spot on the finals. Jacquie has improved so much as a vocalist, however, can she hold her ground up against a seasoned and versatile singer such as Tessanne?
The final contestant to make it into the finals would either be Cole or Will. The only thing that drives me crazy about the elimination show is that they have Carson stretching out the big reveal to the very last minute of the show. I would have loved if they would have made the announcement and provided more than enough time for Carson to ask the coaches thoughts on the vocalist moving forward. Blake’s hopes to win a fourth competition was nixed when it was Will, not Cole, who was called to finish out the last spot for the final three.
Next week Monday and Tuesday are the final three performances and finale of the show, and it’s going to be a star-studded night of performances. The two hour finale will have Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo and One Republic. Celine and Ne-Yo are to perform “Incredible” which is from her newest album Loved Me Back to Life, Lady Gaga, who performed her latest single “Do What You Want” from her newest album, ArtPop, on both Saturday Night Live and during the American Music Awards, will be performing it once again on the show. No word yet that I’m aware of on if R&B singer R. Kelly will join her on the Voice stage for the number. One Republic, whose lead vocalist, Ryan Tedder, who was Adam’s advisor on the show, will be doing their song “I Lived” from their album Native.
No word on who else has been slated to come perform during the two-hour finale on Tuesday, but my hunch is that viewers will be seeing some familiar faces from seasons past and present and don’t forget too, that Tedder, who is also an in-house songwriter producer of The Voice, has been busy at work writing up a single which the winner of the finale will perform on the Tuesday night finale show.
Stay tuned for next week Monday and Tuesday night as The Voice winds down and a champion is crowed the Voice of season five. Who are you rooting for? Will it be Tessanne or Will to win the competition, giving their coach Adam a second win of the show? Or are we rooting for sweet sixteen Jacquie Lee to bring home a first time female win for her coach, Christina? Make sure you stay tuned for next week’s shows.