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The Voice Review: Close to the End

The Voice - 1st image - Season 4We are nearly to the end of this season of The Voice, and wow, it went by fast. On Monday night, five artists performed. Two were sent home and the final three will perform next week in the finale. But, before we get to that, let’s recap.

TEAM BLAKE
The Swon Brothers - The boys chose “Turn the Page” by Bob Seger, one of my favorite songs of all time. And my daddy’s favorite song, thank you. And you know, I liked it a lot. I thought it was one of their best performances. I also quite liked their second performance. Blake chose “Danny’s Song” and the boys really sold it, I think. This was a good week for the Swon Brothers. They really have grown a lot over the course of the show.

Danielle Bradbery - The song Blake chose for Danielle was “Please Remember Me” by Tim McGraw, and while I love Danielle, this was her worst performance in a while. Though it says a lot that her worst performance is still so much better than her contenders.  I wasn’t a fan, though I am a fan of Danielle. Danielle’s choice for herself was “Who I Am” and it was much improved. I thought she nailed it. This is the kind of country I can see her doing professionally. This kid’s a star.

TEAM ADAM
Amber Carrington - Amber’s song choice was “Firework” by Katy Perry. WHY???? This was a bad, bad, bad song choice. I don’t even like it when Katy Perry sings it, and amber just didn’t make it work any better. I love Amber, but oh, lord, WHY??? She did much, much better on the song Adam chose for her, “Sad.” This was her best performance in a long time. I loved it. LOVED it. Totally redeemed the Katy Perry disaster from before.

TEAM USHER
Michelle Chamuel - The song Usher chose for Michelle was “Clarity.” I really loved this despite not knowing the song at all. As usual, she wasn’t’ flawless, but she really sold it emotionally. This is why I love her. For herself Michelle chose “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. I was a little disappointed she did a second Cyndi Lauper song, though I really enjoyed it over all. It’s hard for Michelle to do wrong in my eyes. She’s great, and different. I’m willing to forgive the multiple Lauper numbers.

TEAM SHAKIRA
Sasha Allen - Sasha chose “I Will Always Love You” and oh, God, bad choice. No one – NO ONE – should ever do this song. No one can match up to Whitney, and this song is so iconic. Plus it’s over done on these shows. Sasha is talented, but not talented enough to pull this one off. I was equally unimpressed by Shakira’s song choice, “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer. It was better than the first, but it still wasn’t great. I was saying goodbye to Sasha by the middle of the performance.

RESULTS
So after much ado, it was announced that Sasha Allen and Amber Carrington would be going home. Sasha didn’t surprise me, honestly, though Amber did. I guess I expected the Swon Brothers to go home before her.  I was sad to see her go, but I’m also looking forward to the finale.  My money is on Danielle, though I’d be glad if Michelle won, too.

What about you? Who are you hoping wins? Did you agree with who was sent home?

 

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays on 8/7c on NBC.

Season 4, Episode 23 and 24:  Live Top 5 Performances and Live Top 5 Eliminations (originally aired June 10 and 11, 2013)

For more of The Voice, check out our other reviews.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays 8p.m. on NBC.

Images courtesy of Ben Cohen and NBC.

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