'The Voice' Recap: Josh Kaufman Takes On Adele, Christina Grimmie Covers Elivs In Live Finale
Josh Kaufman of Team Usher, Christina Grimmie of Team Adam Levine and Jake Worthington of Team Blake Shelton performed for votes one final time last night during The Voice’s live finale.
The episode began with a short recap of Josh, Christina and Jake’s journeys on the show leading up to the finale. “I’m going to sing like it’s the last time I’ll ever get to sing… and kill it,” Christina promised.
Christina Grimmie, Josh Kaufman, Jake Worthington
Viewers at home voted for their favorite performances from the top finalists, and Christina was up first singing her audition song, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Christina gave viewers a slightly different take on the song from her blind audition, with plenty of impressive belts and high notes to thrill the crowd. Shakira, the only coach without an artist in the finals, complimented her high register.
Josh’s first performance of the night was a duet with Usher to “Every Breath You Take.” Josh and Usher sang well together, and their voices blended wonderfully. During rehearsals, Usher declares that this may be their last time working together on The Voice, but it won’t be their last time working together in Josh’s career.
Jake performed the fan-picked “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Jake sang the country ballad for his blind audition, which inspired Adam and Blake start an all out war to get Jake on their respective teams. Shakira noted that it was that song that made her love him, and he got nothing but warm comments from judges Adam and Usher. Blake said he wanted to talk to Jake “man to man” and told him that he respects Jake for how he embraces classic country music.
Judge interlude: Shakira and Blake performed their duet “Medicine,” which they performed earlier this year at the CMAs. It’s Shakira does country, and it’s nice to see her on stage, especially considering she didn’t have a chance to duet with an artist in the finale.
For Josh, the fans voted to have him perform “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” which he performed in the battle rounds – the one he lost before being stolen by Usher. During the battle rounds, Josh lost his spot on Team Adam to Delvin Choice, and in his dedication of the song, Josh thanked America for picking the song because it changed his trajectory on the show, going form Team Adam to Team Usher. Josh performed the classic as it was intended: with a live band by his side. Fun, lively, and all around excellent – Carson Daly told Josh, “It was like you were possessed for the last four minutes.”
The next time Christina took The Voice stage it was with her coach, Adam, to perform the duet “Somebody That I Used to Know.” It’s a pretty straight cover, and while it is enjoyable, it doesn’t have the same ‘wam’ factor as some of the other performances of the night.
Jake performed his last solo song on The Voice, putting his country sweetness to use on Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting.” In the rehearsal, Jake said that Blake made him feel at home, and dished a bit more on his experience being coached by his idol. “Jake’s like the little brother I never had,” Blake said. Jake, being his usual adorable, charming self, dedicated his performance to his girlfriend, family and friends, telling them that he would always be there for them. Adam and Shakira complimented the nuances in his voice, and how much he has learned during his time on The Voice. Adam even begged Jake to teach him some of his country twang.
Time for another coach duet, this time courtesy of Usher and Adam singing “Untilted (How Does It Feel).” The slow jam gave both Usher and Adam a chance to show off their falsetto and range, and acted as a sort of seduce-off between the crooners.
Jake and Blake performed the final coach-contestant duet, singing Hank Williams, Jr’s “A Country Boy Can Survive.” This was, without a doubt, the most fitting song the two could have possibly performed together. It was a kick to see Blake and his mini-me perform together with their guitars and cowboy hats.
For her third song, Christina decided to tackle Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” It’s a good way for Christina to end the season, considering her reputation for unexpected song choices and inventive covers. Christina’s take on Elvis did not disappoint.
Josh closed this season’s The Voice finale with an epic cover of Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain.” The staging, no doubt the brainchild of Usher himself, was reminiscent of the spectacles Cee Lo would bring to the singing contest when he was a coach. There was dramatic staging, lighting and fire. It was certainly a grand way to end the live finale.
The Voice will crown its winner in the live finale results show airing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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