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We’re finally down to the Top 3, and who would have thought that a returning coach would have one of the best contestants of the season. Both Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine, Adamtina if you will, have nurtured their singers to get them to the finals, leaving Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton in the dust. Wasn’t it a little weird how those two were almost completely cut out of the show? There was, however, that awesome coach group performance of “Pour Some Sugar On Me” featuring Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard.
The Top 3 would each do three songs, the one that earned them a turn during the Blind Auditions, a duet with their coach and a final solo song. Here’s how they did.
Tessanne has been the most consistent of the remaining contestants, and for first performance she went back to her Blind Audition song, “Try” by Pink. It was as a solid as the first time we saw her and Cee Lo tells her what i’m sure she already knows, she’s a fan favorite.
Next she teamed up with Adam for a wonderful version of “Let It Be.” Just as I was wishing they had chosen a different song, they switch it up and added a nice reggae beat to the middle of the song. This is how the whole thing should have been, but I’m glad we got another taste of Tessanne’s spirit and culture for the next to last show.
Her last performance was of Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing.” I had no worries with her doing this and Adam didn’t either. It was cute watching him get his life over just the rehearsals, so I don’t know how he contained himself while she was on stage. She wasn’t trying to do Whitney, which is always a good thing, but Tessane did her and gave us one of the best performances the show has ever seen.
Adam’s other contestant wanted to remind his fans of why they fell in love with him in the first place. Will has improved so much since he first performed Gavin DeGraw‘s “Not Over You” in the Blinds, and while you can still tell that he isn’t 100% comfortable on stage, he is so much more confident than he was when the competition started.
If I’m not mistaken, this was the first time that Will mentioned that he was the son of a member of the band Chicago? I guess it’s good that he didn’t play that up. Him and Adam sounded great on “Tiny Dancer,” a song you can’t help but sing along to. And say what you will about Adam, but he has been on point with the songs he’s chosen for his contestants. A big part of the reason why he’s the only other coach left standing.
For his last song, Will sang “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You.” It’s kind of a corny song, (I can’t help but picture Stewey Griffin singing it on ‘Family Guy’), but Will sold the hell out of it, ending it on his knees in front of his family, including his adorable baby girl. Will might not be the show’s winner this year, but I agree with his coach by saying that he won just by making it this far.
Xtina mentioned that the thing that drew her to Jacquie was the roar she heard when she first performed Amy Winehouse‘s “Back To Black.” The roar was back and Jacquie intended to show she was meant to be here too. You can tell she threw in some extra notes and most of them landed safely, but her coach praised the performance anyways.
During her duet with Christina on her song “We Remain,” I realized that I had never bothered to listen to this song, and that I did really like it. As good as Jacquie can be, she can’t keep with Chrissy. Her coach did let her get the last run in, and didn’t try to outsing her too much, but overall it was a nice joint performance and hey, they both look good in red!
For her last song, she sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” I have to agree with what someone said on Twitter, this song has to be retired from singing competition shows. Jacquie did her best to show out, but it didn’t match Jennifer Holiday‘s version, or Jennifer Hudson‘s (who gave her major props on Twitter by the way). The song is too big, even for her, but she got tons of praise for it.
So there you have it. Will and Jacquie deserve to be called ‘The Voice,’ but I’m sure Tessanne will be crowned the winner of this season. You just can’t deny her talent, but we’ll have to see how America decided.