And then there were three. After three months of some of the best performances in The Voice history, Season 3 comes to a close tonight with three monster performances by each of our remaining singers. Sure, that’s a lot of threes, but unfortunately, there can only be one Voice. For the season closer, we got a reminder of the contestants' best past performances and a taste of what they could be in the future.
Things got a little strange tonight, and between a shirtless guitar playing Adam Levine and a mini pop locking Cee Lo Green, the show definitely went out with a bang.
Before we got to celebrating, though, all of the past live show contestants returned to start off the show with a touching performance dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. It was a somber yet beautiful tribute that had us sniffling even before the real episode began.
Starting off the live performances with a bang, Nicholas David brought us a fiery mashup of Jerry Lewis’s “Great Ball of Fire” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.” And boy was it hot … as in his piano was legitimately on fire five inches away from him. Bold choice considering he was rocking what looked like a fairly flammable jacket and his signature long hair, but we guess that’s one way to light up the stage. Nicholas sure was feeling the heat, sweating through the high-energy performance that made us nervous and excited at the same time.
Coach Adam Levine enjoyed his “crazy, kickass side,” and Blake Shelton thought he should be expecting a call from the Rockettes for his troubles. Coach Cee Lo, as always, appreciated his humbleness and ability to burn down the house — but for the sake of this metaphor, let’s just make sure it’s a controlled burn.
For his second performance, Nicholas revisited Bill Withers’s “Lean On Me.” Nicholas shines with these funky classics, and while we were digging his high kicks, this is where he truly belongs.
Adam thought he looked like a “principal of the school of funky stuff.” Which meant, well, we have no idea — that comment kind of got away from him there. Cee Lo just poured out the compliments, offering his final team member some brotherly love.
Meeting up with coach Cee Lo before his last performance, his family bragged about Nicholas’s talent and his ability to be a father and a singer, which we’re sure is no easy task. Getting back to his roots (and eye-popping sunglasses), Nicholas paired up with Cee Lo to sing “Play That Funky Music White Boy,” which couldn’t have been a better song choice for the guy. Nicholas was good, but we’re sorry to say he was brutally upstaged by a mini Cee Lo (née Milo) who was pop locking it like there was no tomorrow.
For Terry McDermott’s first turn on stage, we got a duet between him and coach Blake Shelton, but first a little heart to heart. Blake hung out with Terry’s family, including his adorable son, Liam, who frankly should win the breakout performance award this season, just for his offhand side comments.
And goodness, they love surprising this dude — this time, with a visit from his father, who he hadn't seen in over four years. How many other people can they pull out of his past just so we can get that meme-worthy OhMYGOD! face of his again?
The pair then geared up for their performance of Aerosmith’s “Dude Look Like A Lady” (Mrs. Doubtfire flashbacks anyone?!). A fun, and more than a little random choice, sure, but you could tell the boys were just ready to let loose on stage and celebrate the season right.
Side note: Was that shirtless guitar hero really Adam Levine in a long red wig?! Things got really weird really quick with this one, but it just proves our theory that the boys were letting it all hang out tonight.
For his next song, Terry took on his son’s favorite classic rock ballad, Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings.” Something must have been going on with his audio because the first few bars were a little off, but like a champ, the Scottish rocker recovered beautifully and made the song “sound new again,” as coach Blake put it.
For his final performance, Terry redeemed himself from his uneven earlier performance with another go at Foreigner’s “I Want To Know What Love Is.” Boy, this dude’s got some pipes, and the clear precision with which he hits every single note is really amazing. We’ve got to agree with Coach Blake on this one — he may have outdone even himself with this closing rendition.
And then, we had Cassadee Pope, who started off with another rendition of her breakout performance, “Over You,” by Blake's wife Miranda Lambert. While she does really kill this song, we kind of remember when she did this like … three weeks ago. And while we appreciate that the show is investing in their contestants’ talent, we’re not sure they’re really at a point where they can re-perform their “hits” yet. But then again, Cassadee really does sing the hell out of this one.
Coach Christina Aguilera was “enamored by her stage presence” and we’ve got to say that Christina was rocking an interesting "presence" herself. Is that a tiny top hat, girl? Adam thought she looked so “shiny” (focus, dude), and Blake thought her take on it was “perfect.”
Blake then met up with Cassadee’s family and (super cute) boyfriend to get a taste of the Florida native’s support system. She really does seem like a sweet girl and it’s clear Blake absolutely adores her. Especially since she very may well earn him a repeat win tomorrow.
On stage, the two did a party country version of Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen” that featured an auto-tuned interlude of Cassadee singing into a bullhorn, which, at this point doesn’t surprise us because it’s clearly a free-for-all tonight.
Before Cassadee’s last at bat, we learned that she finally reconnected with her estranged father, giving her performance of Faith HIll’s “Cry” more than a little extra emotional edge. Also, is the entire wardrobe budget dedicated to this girl’s outfits? Because every time we see her, she looks more epic than the last time.
And not only was she looking epic, she delivered a totally mesmerizing rendition of the song that may have sealed the victory for the fan favorite.
And that’s it for the live performances! Who do you think should be named this season’s Voice? Sound off in the comments below!