Last night ‘The Voice’ returned with the ‘Live Final Performances.’ The final four performers took to the stage, competing for a recording contract withUniversalRepublicand $100,000 prize. One singer from each team moved a step closer to the prize.
The final four singers who performed last night were:
Team Adam: Mickey Mouse Club cast member, Tony Lucca
Team Blake: Alicia Keys’s former background singer, Jermaine Paul
Team Christina: Chris Mann
Team Cee Lo: Juliet Simms.
They had just one song to impress the judges, before each singing with their coaches. All live!
First up was Team Blake with Jermaine Paul singing “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly. Christina said he sings with so much heart and emotion. He even made her stand up! He was a superstar. Cee Lo thought it was the perfect song selection and I agree. Like Adam said, he is an incredible singer and this song gave him a nice opportunity to show off his power. Blake was almost crying and was pretty much speechless, except to say that he had learned a lot from Jermaine this season. It sounded like a winning performance to me and we hadn’t heard any of the others yet.
I felt a bit sorry for Juliet Simms having to follow that. She sang “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley as her tribute to Cee Lo. She did great on it, as did Chris Mann singing his duet with Christina: “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.
But it was the individual performances I really enjoyed last night, and the next of those was Team Adam with Tony Lucca singing “99 Problems” by Jay-Z. The bluegrass take on the song was certainly unique. Talk about making a song your own. Blake pretended not to get it and Christina not only pretended not to get it, she said it was offensive to women.
Apparently there was a huge fight among the judges at rehearsals about this song. During it, Adam even cursed at Christina. Christina discovered that Adam planned to have Tony to sing the song, which includes the lyrics, “I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one” a source explained. “Adam and Tony wanted to call Christina out as a bitch but make it clear she’s not a problem for Tony. It was completely aimed at her. It was Adam’s idea, but Tony absolutely loved it.”
NBC had Tony change the B-word to “chick”, despite Adam’s complaints that this would be a “death sentence” for Tony on the show. That’s apparently when Adam let fly a foul-mouthed tirade at Christina, as he didn’t get his way.
But everything went ahead, and Cee Lo loved Tony’s performance. Most of all, I loved Adam telling Christina he loved her then ripping off his shirt to reveal a Team Christina t-shirt.
Enough, already. Let’s get back to the singing. Team Christina was next up with Chris Mann singing ‘The Voice Within’ as his thank you performance and then Team Cee Lo with Juliet Simms singing “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf with Cee Lo. Then came from favorite duet performance of the show, with Tony Lucca joining Adam to sing “Yesterday” by The Beatles. It was very confident and professional and and Tony was easily as good as Adam.
Jermaine Paul’s Thank You Performance of “God Gave Me You” for Team Blake was fantastic. Carson even thought it was better than the original and I’d hesitate to disagree.
But the night, for me, didn’t get any better than Chris Mann singing “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban (or Westlife, which is the version I prefer!). It was amazing. Stunning. Seriously strong competition for Jermaine, I think.
Team Blake’s Duet Performance with Jermaine Paul singing “Soul Man” by Isaac Hayes and David Porter was fun but nothing much else, to my ears. I preferred Tony Lucca singing his Thank You song which is ‘Harder To Breathe.’ Sigh,I’m so swung by song choices. I wonder if anyone else is.
Juliet Simms showed just how far she’d progressed through this competition when she sang “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. She even made Cee Lo cry. I wouldn’t got that far but I, like all the judges, loved it. Adam said she is an original and she is.
All in all, the performances were amazing and although part of me can’t wait to find out who is eliminated tonight, I think I will be sad no matter what happens. Although whoever goes out now can be proud of themselves.