Here it is, ladies and gents. The finale of The Voice has arrived at last, and though the journey may seem a bit shorter than the one we took a few months ago on American Idol, it's certainly just as epic.
Tonight, to spice things up, the final four contestants performed duets not with each other, but with their respective coach. If the nerves of duetting with already established musical artists weren't enough, the contestants also debuted an original song.
To begin the original song round, Javier kicked the evening off with an emotional performance of a song entitled "Stitch by Stitch" written by renowned songwriter Rodney Jerkins. The judges all loved it, while Cee Lo simply stated "it sounded like it was your song." I agree. The song seemed to totally fit who he is as an artist (something we all know American Idol has struggled with in the past).
Switching to the duet round now, Dia and her coach Blake delivered a cute yet solid performance of "Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty sporting some trendy Blues Brothers-inspired matching suits and Ray-Bans. It wasn't anything that knocked my socks off but their harmonies were tight and they seemed very in sync as a pair.
Vicci continued the original song round with what seemed a bit like an 80's rock anthem entitled "Afraid to Sleep." I can't say I was the biggest fan of the song in general, but she certainly gave the performance her all, and I thoroughly enjoyed the very natural vibe she has on stage. The judges all agreed. Cee Lo simply stated that she is "a force to be reckoned with."
Beverly and Christina continued the evening with an acoustic arrangement of Xtina's anthem "Beautiful." I have to admit, when it was first announced that they would be duetting to this song, I was a bit concerned it would be a bit of a hot, riffing mess, but they actually managed to deliver a raw, gorgeous performance.
Dia continued the solo round with what was certainly a pretty performance of her original song called "Inventing Shadows" with some appropriately-placed shadow dancers in the background. The judges all claimed that the performance was lovely, but Adam admitted that the dancers were distracting.
Singing "Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson, Adam and Javier continued the fierce round of duets with what was certainly a soulful performance. Being a huge fan of this song, I was curious to see what they would do with it. Their harmonies were tight and both of their clean voices blended amazingly. Side note: I've never been the hugest fan of Adam Levine but I've certainly been enjoying all of his vocals this season and find that I'm respecting him more and more as an artist each week.
Busting out her inner-rocker now, Beverly delivered a high energy performance of her original song entitled "Love Sick." You can't help but love this lady. Everything about her screams creativity and originality and as Adam stated, "transcends all competition and makes this fun."
Vicci and Cee Lo rounded off the evening with a theatrical performance of "Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar in true, over-the-top Cee Lo fashion. Although nothing will ever compare to his rainbow peacock get up at the Grammy's this year, this all red Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle/Gladiator get up certainly came close. Regardless of the craziness that was their costumes, they rocked it. End of story.
Tomorrow, one of the final four contestants will be given the grand prize, which is comprised of one hundred thousand dollars, a recording contract, and the right to call themselves the world's strangest title, "The Voice." If I had it my way, I'd really like to see Beverly take it all.
The Voice airs Tuesdays at 9PM on NBC. Don't forget to check in with BroadwayWorld's THE VOICE Over tomorrow night to find out who takes home the ultimate prize! Vote for your favorite contestants at NBC.com or by downloading songs by tonight's artists on iTunes.
The series features musician coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The program is an innovative vocal competition series modeled after Holland's top-rated vocal talent discovery show "The Voice of Holland." "The Voice" is hosted by Carson Daly and features the musician coaches working through the various phases of the competition with only the most talented vocalists. The show's second season will air on NBC in mid-season on Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET).
"The Voice" is a presentation of Mark Burnett's One Three Inc., Talpa Content USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey and Stijn Bakkers.