‘The Voice’ final: Lauren Duski at #1, #2 as Chris Blue, Jesse Larson, Aliyah Moulden get iTunes bonus too

On Monday’s episode of “The Voice,” the final four artists — Chris Blue, Lauren Duski, Jesse Larson and Aliyah Moulden — battled it out in the final. Each sang three times with a cover, an original song and a duet with their coach. All 12 of these songs were made available on iTunes and those that registered in the top 10 at noon ET/ 9 a.m. PT qualified the artist for a five-times vote multiplier.

Duski pulled off a one-two punch as the original single “Deja Vu” came in at #1 while her cover of the Garth Brooks signature tune “The Dance” was in second place. Blue was in third with the original “Money On You” and ninth with his cover of Janet Jackson‘s “Rhythm Nation.” Larson made it to fifth with the original song “Woman” while Moulden was in the seventh slot with her original fare “Never Be Lonely.”

Duski was the only one of the four artists to have co-written her original song; she worked with Daniel Doron Henig and Cody Tarpley on “Deja Vu,” a power ballad that chronicles the aftermath of a breakup. And she displayed her country credentials on “The Dance” by taking on this 1990 classic and reinventing it. Her coach was thrilled with the result: “One of my favorite songs ever, and literally you made me feel like I was hearing it for the first time tonight.”

Blue did well with “Money on You.” This dance song was crafted by a quartet of talented tunesmiths who have collaborated with some of the top talents in music: Mike Dupree, JHart, Scribz Riley and Talay Riley. And it was overseen by Fifth Harmony‘s producer Tinashe Sibanda. And he had the biggest number of the night with his version of Jackson’s 1989 crossover hit. He managed to make her signature song his own, adding some of his unique dance moves in the middle of a performance that had the crowd cheering. His coach was his biggest cheerleader: “You can come out and do one of the most iconic songs in the world, and you can handle it.”

Larson got into the final after winning last week’s Instant Save with a Chris Stapleton song (“Tennessee Whiskey”). He tackled “Woman,” an original track by the country star that showcased his distinctive style.
The teen talent Moulden had fun bopping to “Never Be Lonely,” a tune by singer/songwriter Jake Hagood (“Goodbye”) who has produced hits for Cody Simpson and Lucy Hale.

Duski and Moulden may have the edge as they are on Blake Shelton‘s team and he has won five of his 11 seasons on the show. Larson is mentored by Adam Levine who has gone 3 for 11 while Blue is coached by Alicia Keys, who lost her previous season of the show.

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