After three months and one killer contestant pool, The Voice 2013 is down to Season 4’s Final 3. And tonight’s live performance episode is sure to bring out the best in the remaining contestants.
Team Blake Shelton is currently in the lead with both Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers still in the running. But Team Usher is closing in on the country stars with pop rocker Michelle Chamuel fighting for her shot at the title.
Jokes and banter aside, it’s clear the coaches really respect one another and they’ll prove it by pairing up to sing The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.”
In tonight’s episode the finalists are bringing back some of our favorite songs from this season to remind America of their best moments. Danielle will re-sing “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Michelle will perform “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and The Swon Brothers will sing “Danny’s Song.”
Let’s get started:
To show us just how far they’ve come as besties, the Season 4 coaches teamed up for yet another Beatles song, “With a Little Help From My Friends.” After starting the season with “Come Together,” it was clear that they wanted America to know that Shak and Ush were just as close with Adam and Blake as Xtina and Papa Cee Lo.
Mostly, we were excited to hear Shakira sing after almost an entire season of silence, and she didn’t disappoint in her little black, mirror-covered dress. And by the time Blake told Adam that he needed “someone to love,” we were sold. #bromance.
Toward the end of the performance Shakira decided to show off her infamous hips to prove that the baby weight had absolutely no effect on her. Those hips don’t lie.
Up first were our favorite Oklahoma “Swinners,” The Swon Brothers. Singing “I Can’t Tell You Why” by the Eagles, The Swon Brothers were hoping to continue on their upward trajectory after an epic night last week.
As much as we love these brothers, the song selection was not catchy enough to earn them any impressive iTunes numbers and started the show off on an overly slow note. But who knows, maybe Shakira and her “Go Okies” flag will help bring it home for the brothers.
Usher was glad The Swon Brothers “finally found the girl part” of their voice, and applauded their “classic” song selection. Shakira also enjoyed the song choice (and bounced up and down with her new “Go Okies” chant).
After being “critical” (meaning he offered one piece of honest critique) of The Swon Brothers’ last Eagles performance, Adam was excited to tell the boys that he loved their latest cover.
Blake was excited that his artists are “constantly evolving” and continued to note their appeal to America. We hope that the rest of their performances will help them to stand out in America’s eyes or they might as well hand the title to Danielle Bradbery now.
Reprising her memorable performance of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Michelle Chamuel sounded even better than her first try. Maybe the pressure of TSwift cutting in on rehearsal led to some performance nerves, but those were mostly gone this time around.
Michelle’s signature (occasionally spastic) dance moves were at their peak and her breath control reached a new level of perfection. Taylor’s somewhere watching (probably in a tutu) and she was extra jealous when Michelle walked in.
Hip shaker Shakira was excited to see Michelle in the finale, calling her energy “contagious.” Adam noted the energy in the room, crediting Michelle’s epic performances for such a powerful response.
Michelle’s coach thought that she would look back on this song in a few years and remember it as being a milestone. He also noted that the pop rocker simply cannot have enough family members to make the amount of noise in the room. Not only do we agree, but we’re cheering at home with them.
Blake decided to sit down with Danielle’s family to talk about this Texas teen’s journey, and we finally got some incite into this contestant’s personal life, which she’s kept pretty private all season.
Singing “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” with her coach, Dani proved why she’s the one to beat this season. As Blake struggled to hit the high notes, Danielle effortlessly belted them out. Heck, even her boots sparkled. Sure, it was weird that Blake was singing about waking up with a 16-year-old in his heart, but we’ll just go with it for now.
Looking to recreate their special moment from last week, The Swon Brothers sang “Danny’s Song,” which catapulted them to the No. 2 spot on iTunes.
We absolutely love this tune, but we’re hoping their duet with Blake Shelton is a bit more uptempo after an evening of low-key performances. Sigh, if only they’d brought back “Fishin’ in the Dark.” Good times.
Ush cited The Swon Brothers’ ability to “personalize” the tune and said it was almost as if he “disappeared for a moment and we weren’t here.” We want to be where you are, Ush.
Adam claimed that Ush took the words right out of his scruff-covered mouth. “Get out of my head, Usher!” We say that all the time.
Blake guaranteed the boys that their version of the song would be on the local Oklahoma radio stations. Hmm … not exactly the national fame these boys might be hoping for, but Zach does have a pocket chain so anything goes.
Usher’s “diamond in the rough” opted to sing Annie Lenox’s “Why” for her new solo song of the night. Though we were fans of the song choice, we are pretty sick of the “singing into the mirror” gimmick. Ush, it was cool the first time. Cut it out!
Oh wait ... it wasn’t a mirror at all, but a computer-generated Michelle who stopped singing and offered the real, blazer-wearing Michelle the chance to break off on her own and show America her best side.
We love it when Michelle gets down to a more emotional lyric, but we did hope for more of an opportunity to hear her wailing.
Sporting some thick glasses of her own, Shakira complimented Michelle’s humility and talent saying she both “conquered” and “stayed” in America’s hearts.
Simple as ever, Blake voiced his shock at the mirror-into-generated image trick the way a grandpa would explain the punchline of a weak joke. Sigh, oh Blake!
After he finished shaking his head at Blake, Usher commended Michelle’s “likeability and capability.” We’re just happy she picked a song outside of the Top 40 charts.
Showing off more of their genuine spirit and hometown charm, The Swon Brothers introduced their coach to their parents and we got to see where some of the boys’ charm comes from.
Then they sang “Celebrity” by Brad Paisley with their coach and it was just as laidback and fun as we could have hoped for. Unfortunately, The Voice’s set crew decided that these boys needed wild, hip-shakin’ backup dancers to groove behind them in order to make it a great performance.
We were just happy to see Blake double over laughing at an inside joke from Colton. Can we hang out with these brothers too?
For Danielle’s defining moment in Season 4, Blake picked her first live show performance of “Maybe It Was Memphis.” Wearing yet another sparkly dress with some bedazzled cowboy boots, Dani belted out the tune as if she were doing it in her sleep. Can anything stop this girl?
Perhaps it’s the ease with which she hits her high notes and the lack of life in her eyes, but something tells us she just doesn’t want this as much as the other finalists. That doesn’t mean she’s not deserving, but if we could predict the reaction of each of the Top 3 if they were to be crowned victor tomorrow night, hers would be the least exciting.
Naturally Carson had to tell Blake to sit his butt down, and noted Shakira’s latest prop, a cowboy hat. Because that’s her only trademark ... a stereotypical cowboy hat.
Adam was pleased by how “adorable” Shak looked in her hat, and wanted to note how much he “hated” Blake for stealing this country cutie. He said it was one of the better vocals he’d “ever heard live.” He then said he thought Dani would be the winner of this thing, much to Usher’s anger and Blake’s glee.
Reminding us that there were dozens of hopefuls before we reached this finale, the Top 16 returned to The Voice stage to sing Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Lasso’s “Home.” And while The Voice stage is home to all who step foot on it, we hope that one finalist or even contestant will call the Top 40 charts home sometime soon so we can finally give American Idol a run for its money.
Ms. Chamuel’s family proved to be just as adorable as this inspirational singer. They sat down to brunch with coach Usher and we had visions of this precious group meeting up for years to come.
Then the dream team paired up to sing U2’s “One.” They started off on opposite ends of the stage, but soon came together to “carry each other.” So many metaphors. So much symbolism.
We’re dreaming of many Usher duets on Michelle’s upcoming album.
Pimping her out with the “money spot,” The Voice closed out the night with Danielle Bradbery’s original tune “Born to Fly” by Sara Evans. Blake was excited for his artist to sing her first truly uptempo tune and to let her personality shine through.
Once again, Blake proved that he was the perfect coach for this talented youngster. His song choices have been spot on from the beginning and tonight was just another great example.
Though Blake claimed the tune was “uptempo,” Danielle stood in her normal stock-still stance and opened her mouth. And that’s all she really needed to seal the deal.
“Your perfection is almost boring me at this point,” Adam said in the most honest statement he’s given all season. We really want some genuine personality from this teen and she just hasn’t delivered. But when pitted against the other finalists, her voice is the clear front runner. Argh, decisions!
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