Whoever wins Season 13 of “The Voice” will need some sensational performances Monday night in the finale. It very much feels like it is an incredibly tight race between the Top 4 artists to win the championship this week. Coach Blake Shelton has two singers remaining in the competition against one each for Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus. First-time coach Jennifer Hudson is done for the year.
Over the weekend, we provided full spotlight articles about each contender (click each name for those items): Addison Agen (Team Adam), Chloe Kohanski (Team Blake), Red Marlow (Team Blake), and Brooke Simpson (Team Miley). In a very odd occurrence, Miley actually claimed both Chloe and Addison as artists on her team from the very beginning but then let them go during head-to-head contests. Now all of her hopes ride simply on Brooke for a first-time championship. Blake is going for his sixth, while Adam wants to be king for a fourth time.
Don’t miss our live blog below for the Final 4 performance episode on Monday, December 18. We’ve got minute-by-minute analysis of everything that happens in this two-hour episode on NBC hosted by Carson Daly. Give your own thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
8:00 p.m. – It all comes down to this! Tonight Addison, Brooke, Chloe and Red will sing for America’s votes for the final time before the winner is revealed tomorrow, December 19. Each contestant will sing three times including an original song and a special duet with their coach. Who will deliver the evening’s most memorable moment? Will any of them reach #1 on iTunes? Let’s find out!
8:07 p.m. – Team Adam’s 16-year old sensation is opening the show with Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.” The plan is to keep it simple and classy. Her voice is all that is heard as she emerges under the spotlight. She looks stunning as her effortless, soul-filled vocals take center stage. This was a great song choice that allows Addison to show off her voice while catering to some of the country music fans. But right at the end she appears to have forgotten the words! Oh no! Or else she just broke down with emotion. Either way, chin up girl! That breakdown will probably only earn you more votes! It’s impossible not to like this girl.
8:20 p.m. – Next is the night’s first original single, “Wish I Didn’t Love You” by Chloe. It’s an emotional ballad that sounds perfectly suited to her edgy vocals. Before her performance, Blake took a dig at Miley and thanked her for Chloe. Ha! Chloe then appeared in a black gown next to a white piano. With her hair slicked back, her voice sounds slightly hoarse as she belts out the lyrics. Somehow it doesn’t matter. Her husky vocals and confidence are a magical vehicle for this beautiful melody that is sure to be a hit on iTunes and is a worthy first single for the rocker. Blake compared her to any superstar that doesn’t sound or look like anybody else.
8:28 p.m. – Blake and Red are teaming up for the night’s first duet, “I’m Gonna Miss Her” by Brad Paisley. It’s fitting to hear these two break out in a classic country ditty about fishing. Red sounded great at the top of the song but portions of the middle seemed to be drowned out by the band. Honestly, I find this underwhelming but it may perfectly cater to Red’s fan base.
8:30 p.m. – A brief clip of last season’s champ Chris Blue singing the 2018 Olympic theme song “Humanity” was shown. I’m so happy for him! This could be a huge opportunity for him and I look forward to his full performance tomorrow night.
8:40 p.m. – Up next is a song specifically co-written for Brooke by her coach Miley. Performing “What is Beautiful,” Brooke is elegantly dressed in a black gown with puffy sleeves and is delivering with that fiery passion we have come to know her for. Her vocals absolutely soar at the chorus. Miley delivered with this song for Brooke and she is knocking it out of the park! There’s something so naturally likable about Brooke and if she were to surprise everyone by winning this season she would absolutely be worthy. Miley pleaded with viewers to vote and emphatically endorsed Brooke as a necessary artist in music today.
8:50 p.m. – Adam and Addison are teaming up for the second duet of the night “Falling Slowly” from the musical “Once.” It’s a simple ballad and both are sitting on stools as they harmonize to the lyrics. They sound good, but if I’m being objective, it does not compare to the original and Adam struggles to hit low notes. Overall it was fine, but I don’t imagine this will be tearing up the charts and it probably wasn’t the “moment” they were hoping for.
8:57 p.m. – Miley and Brooke are next, collaborating on “Wrecking Ball”! Epic! I can’t wait to hear this. Miley is pulling out her biggest hit to launch Brooke into the winner’s circle. I was secretly hoping Miley would come swinging through a brick wall on an actual wrecking ball while waving a foam finger, but they are keeping it simple. They both sound great, but I’m getting the impression there was not a ton of time to rehearse these duets because none of them have been stellar. But this is probably the best one so far.
9:05 p.m. – Red is singing an original song he wrote himself called “I Pray.” It is cool that he is doing his own song and the subject matter about praying after personal struggles will hit home with a lot of viewers. For being the only song not written by a professional songwriter, it has the catchiest chorus. That being said, it is a little overly simple for me and Red’s voice just sounds okay. Following the performance Blake complimented Red by saying “You’re a country star.”
9:13 p.m. – The final duet of the night is the odd pairing of Blake and Chloe. They’re singing “You Got It” by Roy Orbison. It’s a simple production with the two standing side by side while Blake strums his guitar. Again, this is a perfectly passable performance but the duets just aren’t that interesting tonight. I credit Blake for allowing his artists to truly shine on these duets. He always makes sure they are the focus, while the other coaches can’t help but make it about themselves (at least partly). I still give Miley and Brooke a slight edge for the best duet of the night, but this is a close second.
9:25 p.m. – For Red’s final performance he will be singing another Garth Brooks hit, “To Make You Feel My Love.” A wise choice considering “The Dance” was arguably his best performance of the season. These simple melodies are when Red is at his best and this is no different. His voice is pure, classic country and when the music isn’t overpowering it cuts like a knife. He hit a couple weird notes on the guitar, but vocally he’s perfect. This will definitely be another score on the charts for the Nashville crooner. A fitting ending for Red’s time on “The Voice.”
9:35 p.m. – With her final performance of the season, Brooke will be singing a timely Christmas classic, “O Holy Night.” I have to say, Miley’s song choices for Brooke tonight are genius. She is swinging for the fences and if she has any chance of winning she will do it with these songs. Dressed in an elegant gown under a shining spotlight, Brooke is belting out this holiday favorite to perfection while backed by a full choir. I got chills when she hit the climax of the chorus so I guess she nailed it. Win or lose, Brooke had a fantastic night. Bravo!
9:46 p.m. – Addison’s last performance will be her original single, “Tennessee Rain.” Adam is hoping it captures the innocence of her voice and compared Addison to Bonnie Raitt, Adele and Amy Winehouse. Big shoes to fill, but I don’t disagree with him. She has my favorite voice this season. It has become effortless for Addison to connect to lyrics and this performance is stunning. I would argue, by far, she has the best original song of the finalists. If Addison wanted to save her best for last, she succeeded. Absolutely brilliant!
9:59 p.m. – It’s no surprise Chloe was given the opportunity to close the final live performance episode of the season. She’s the front-runner heading into tomorrow’s finale and her swan song will be a unique take on Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes.” These 80’s anthems have been wildly successful for Chloe so this was probably a smart choice. I can’t wait to hear what she does with it! Chloe began the performance looking into a mirror and she looks like a superstar. She has gained so much confidence over the course of the season that she doesn’t even look like a contestant in a singing competition anymore. She looks more like a seasoned artist on the American Music Awards. While everyone else had emotional final moments, Chloe took the fun route and it paid off. Fantastic finish!
10:00 p.m. – Now it all comes down to the votes! This has been one of the closest races in the history of “The Voice.” Yes, Chloe has been the front-runner but I would not be shocked to see Addison or Brooke stage an upset and any of them would be worthy champions (sorry Red). Let’s see how they perform on the charts and if those tea leaves predict the Season 13 winner!
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