On The Voice Season 20’s dwell outcomes present Tuesday, when the highest 9 turned the ultimate 5, group quotas have been annoyingly in place to make sure that each coach can be represented in subsequent week’s grand finale. Nevertheless, Kelly Clarkson nonetheless seemingly had a bonus, as a result of she had three worthy contestants on her group, whereas Blake Shelton, John Legend, and Nick Jonas solely had two every.
However in the long run, after all, the present’s winningest and hottest O.G. coach, Blake, prevailed — despite the fact that one in every of his contestants gave arguably the least thrilling Prompt Save efficiency of the night time.
So right here’s the way it labored: The highest vote-getter from every group robotically superior, and people contestants have been Group Blake’s soul-pop superstar-in-training Cam Anthony, Group Kelly’s nation revivalist Kenzie Wheeler, Group Legend’s gospel-crossover showman Victor Solomon, and Group Jonas’s folky songbird Rachel Mac. This was hardly a shocker. I’d predicted that the primary three contestants, all of whom had gained the general public vote the week earlier than, would make it via. And although I’d predicted that dynamite diva Dana Monique can be Group Jonas’s winner, Rachel was on the prime of her sport Monday night, so she earned her spot. Anyway, Dana, who’d additionally been improbable Monday night, nonetheless had a robust probability of being the fifth wild card contestant — even when she confronted some stiff competitors from fellow powerhouses Pia Renee (Group Legend), Gihanna Zoë (Group Kelly), and final week’s wild card (and Group Kelly’s third contestant), Corey Ward.
Because it turned out, Dana faltered in the course of the Prompt Save sing-off, sounding surprisingly pitchy and froggy on a traditional ballad that I had anticipated her to slay, Anita Baker’s “Caught Up within the Rapture.” However Dana’s two most direct opponents posed a real menace. Pia, who had been underwhelming on Monday, redeemed herself with a jazzy sophistipop model of Billie Eilish’s “The whole lot I Needed.” And Gihanna, performing in what is thought within the biz because the “pimp spot,” held nothing again throughout Lewis Capaldi’s “Somebody You Liked,” making it appear seemingly that she’d be repping Group Kelly within the finale.
My vote, nonetheless, went to a different Group Kelly hopeful, Corey, who did the unattainable and someway reworked one of many corniest songs in any singing present’s cleared catalog, the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” into one thing magical, gorgeously goosebump-raising, and truly cool. I knew his possibilities have been slim, however this heart-on-sleeve indie balladeer had scraped and fought his method from the brink of elimination earlier than, so I had hope.
However after all… I completely underestimated the ability of the country-music voting block (or the ability of Blake’s fanbase). Whereas I used to be a fan of Group Blake roots-rocker Jordan Matthew Younger’s previous gritty Black Crowes and Fleetwood Mac performances and his bluegrassy John Conlee cowl this week, his Prompt Save track, Dobie Grey’s “Drift Away,” couldn’t have been lazier or duller. Right here we had 4 power-singers who appeared actually in it to win it, and a rustic dude performing like this was simply one other Tuesday night time bar-band gig… and Jordan drifted via the finals. Sigh. Jordan appeared extra stunned than anybody else, however maybe all of us ought to have seen this coming.
Nevertheless, on subsequent week’s finale, I don’t suppose having two contestants within the prime 5 will assure Blake his eighth Voice victory. Whereas the Season 20 champion may very nicely be the outstanding Cam — the contestant that Blake boldly predicted might be the “first superstar” The Voice has ever launched – I wouldn’t rule out Kenzie, who’s prone to be the nation finalist that dominates the votes. If Kenzie wins, will probably be the third time that Kelly has triumphed over her rival Blake with a rustic contestant (following Chevel Shepherd and Jake Hoot, the latter of whom really dueted with Kelly on Tuesday’s results show).
I believe it’s both Kenzie or Cam’s competitors to lose now, however with out Pia, Gihanna, Dana, or particularly Corey, subsequent week’s last showdown can be rather less thrilling.
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