On Tuesday, the final four contestants on “The Voice” will sing one last time as America chooses the first winner of this new NBC hit show. Throughout the season, each has been mentored by a celebrity musician who has contended for Grammys gold. Can any of these newcomers match that mark? After all, besides the $100,000 grand prize, the champ gets a recording contract.
Cee Lo Green is hoping that Vicci Martinez can drum up enough support to claim the prize. Despite her small stature, she has an over-sized voice that can sing the blues, ballads, and big rock numbers equally well. She earned the largest share of the public vote last week when pitted against Nakia and that rendition of “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine is still sitting at No. 59 on iTunes. However, that edge in her voice can sometimes sound offputting.
While Martinez can belt out a badass rock song every now and then, Beverly McLellan is completely at home in the genre. Her performance last week of “The Thrill is Gone” is still in the top 10 on the iTunes rock chart. However, under the guidance of mentor Christina Aguilera, she tends towards tunes that are less well-known which could hurt her in the overall public vote. And while she has been one of the frontrunners, McLellan could stumble at this final hurdle if she does not sing a song that both shows off her voice and sounds familiar to the audience.
Dia Frampton has evolved under the tutelage of country crooner Blake Shelton. Her take on “Heartless” in the first week of the quarter final captured the hearts of the voters and is still at No. 70 on iTunes. Her demure personality is in sharp contrast to her oversized stage presence. Last week she rocked REM‘s “Losing My Religion” and that resonated with her followers who have put it at No. 40 on iTunes. However, Frampton has not shown as much versatility as the other finalists and only caught on with the public late in the series. She comes into the final with the lowest level of support of any of the four.
Compare that to Javier Colon who had all four coaches clamoring for him to be on their team at the outset of the competition with his audition song “Time After Time.” He has the most experience of the finalists, having recorded two albums for Capitol, and the full backing of Adam Levine who went with him over Casey Weston last week. But Colon can sometimes be a little too showy with his singing, preferring to run the scale rather than hold one note. And his song choices, such as last week’s “Fix You” by Coldplay, can be a little too safe. To win he will have to dare to do something different.