Well, here we are. The Live Finals of The Voice. Adam Wakefield, Alisan Porter, Hannah Huston and Laith Al-Saadi all sing three times in a two-hour show: once a cover song, once in a duet with their coach, and once with an original song that they either wrote themselves or co-wrote. Overall, the performances were really solid, save for the duet between Huston and her coach Pharrell Williams. So let’s go.
Adam Wakefield (Team Blake): Cover Song: “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill; Duet: “The Conversation” by Hank Williams, Jr. & Waylon Jennings; Original Song: “Lonesome, Broken & Blue”
Once again, Adam delivers. Three solid performances. I haven’t heard a misstep throughout the competition. He could possibly win the thing. I think he comes in second, but he really isn’t a loser in my mind.
Alisan Porter (Team Christina): Cover: “Somewhere” (from West Side Story); Duet: “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King; Original Song: “Down That Road”
Restraint. That’s the word for this show with Alisan. She didn’t overdo the wailing on the original song. Her duet with Christina Aguilera found both singers reeling it in a bit, and by the time she got to “Somewhere”, she ended the show on a high note with an absolutely beautiful performance. Still the one to beat in my mind.
Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell): Cover: “Every Breath You Take” by The Police; Duet: “Brand New” by Pharrell Williams & Justin Timberlake; Original Song: “I Call The Shots”
Other than the duet, Hannah had a pretty good night. The duet choice didn’t fit her and she seemed a bit stiff for the very uptempo song. Her take on the Police’s smash hit featured a slower arrangement which ended up working well for her, and her original song was the most “out there” of the four sung on the show. I don’t know if all of her performances will be enough to get her the votes to win.
Laith Al-Saadi: Cover: “White Room” by Cream; Duet: Medley of “Golden Slumbers”/”Carry That Weight”/”The End” by the Beatles; Original Song: “Morning Light”
Once again, Laith had three good to great performances. He shined, as always on the guitar, and his singing was good. His original song was a bluesy number that suited him perfectly. I still don’t think he wins, but he was good tonight.
I’ve said for weeks that I thought Alisan was the front-runner and would win. I stand by that prediction, but Adam and even Laith have a chance to win as well. I wouldn’t be surprised; when America votes, anything can happen. I don’t know if I’ll post on the finale; it’s often an overstuffed show with tons of performances and guest appearances. There may be a quick wrap-up post, but we’ll see.