If we didn’t have a clear picture of what the Season 20 finale The voice was going to look like before Monday’s semi-finals – and we did it a bit – we certainly did after. It was going to be a two-competitor race between Cam Anthony, so good I’m running out of Team Blake Shelton superlatives and Kelly Clarkson’s old school young country boy, Kenzie Wheeler.
But who would join them, vying for third, fourth and fifth places? Based on Monday’s performances, singing for the Instant Save Tuesday Wildcard would be Rachel Mac of Team Nick Jonas, Corey Ward of Team Kelly, Dana Monique of Team John Legend, and Jordan Matthew Young of Team Blake. (not because he had done wrong but because Cam obviously was. will move on). Unless Dana throws another fireball like “Free Your Mind,” I reckoned Jordan would win fifth place in the final.
Of course, this was all a pre-show prognosis. who in fact ended up having to sing for the Save – and who marked it? Before We Find Out, Season 17 Winner
Katie kadan Jake Hoot teamed up with his former trainer for the perfectly pleasant ballad “I would’ve Loved You” (which I swore to build up to two or three endings before it was finally over), and the rapper Australian Masked Wolf performed “Astronaut in the Ocean” surrounded by more fire and spin than you’ll see on this side of the Eurovision Song Contest. Then, at the moment (s) of truth …
SAVED BY THE VOTE OF AMERICA (in chronological order)
Kenzie Wheeler (Kelly Team)
Victor Solomon (team legend)
Rachel Mac (Team Nick) – thank you! Even after this performance on Monday? On Dana Monique?!? Mm-mm. No, just no.
Cam Anthony (Blake Team)
WILDCARD INSTANT BACKUP
Pia Renee (team legend), “Everything I Wanted” – Rating: C + | Usually there is a level of comfort to listening to Pia – I never fear she’s going off the rails. Here, though… well, she did a bit, bumping into a note or two that made me wince. Not at all the way anyone who would have wanted a performer as polite as she is to come out.
Corey Ward (Team Kelly), “Iris” – Rating: C | OK, Corey has his schtick, and by God, he was going to stick with it until the end, ripping his heart out on one last issue. It was more successful than his performance on Monday night, but it isn’t a lot more successful than I thought for a minute that he would go to the final. Anguish can only take you this far.
Dana Monique (Team Nick), “Caught in Kidnapping” – Rating: B- | Oh, Dana, no – not a singing ballad for your life! To her credit, she sounded pretty good, but it was by no means Dana at her electric best. It needed to explode, and it was sort of a faint spark – and more of a leaden spark on top of that. Sigh.
Jordan Matthew Young (Team Blake), “Drift Away” – Rating: B + | See above: No, Jordan, not a ballad. However, if he felt the urge to go in the middle of the beat – and apparently he did – at least his Doobie Brothers blanket had some energy and let him release his rolling rasp every now and then. Yeah, if Gihanna Zoe stumbled, like, at all, that might make him sail into the finale.
Gihanna Zoe (Team Kelly), “Someone You Love” – Rating: B | Gihanna got off to a good start and quickly deployed the scream in her voice that has become her trademark. Perhaps remembering Kelly’s past advice, she also left room to develop as Lewis Capaldi’s stunt continued. Not a home run, but that would definitely put her on the base. Having said that, I preferred Jordan’s performance and suspected viewers would, too. And did they do it?
SAVED BY AMERICA’S VOTE | Jordan Matthew Young (Team Blake)
ELIMINATED | Dana Monique (Team Nick), Pia Renee (Team Legend), Corey Ward (Team Kelly), Gihanna Zoe (Team Kelly)
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