The Season 14 championship for “The Voice” will be decided based on the performances from Monday’s Final 4 finale. Team Blake Shelton has both Kyla Jade and Spensha Baker remaining. Team Alicia Keys has Britton Buchanan, while Team Kelly Clarkson has Brynn Cartelli. Team Adam Levine is already done for the year. Who do you think has the best shot at the crown? Make your comments below in our live updating blog offering minute-by-minute analysis of the action on NBC.
For this final two-hour live program, each competitor will perform one solo song of their choice, one original song written for “The Voice” and one duet with their coach. Let’s take a look back at the tunes that brought them this far throughout the last few months.
Spensha Baker (Team Blake) — “Blackbird” (blind), “I Could Use a Love Song” (battle), “Broken Halos” (knockout), “I Still Believe in You” (playoff), “Smoke Break” (top 20), “Down on My Knees” (top 12), “Better Man” (top 11), “Red” (top 10), “My Church” (top 8)
Britton Buchanan (Team Alicia) — “Trouble” (blind), “Thinking Out Loud” (battle), “New York State of Mind” (knockout), “Some Kind of Wonderful” (playoff), “Small Town” (top 12), “Perfect” (top 11), “What’s Love Got to Do with It” (top 10), “The Rising” (top 8), “Dancing on My Own” (instant save)
Brynn Cartelli (Team Kelly) — “Beneath Your Beautiful” (blind), “Ready for It?” (battle), “Here Comes Goodbye” (knockout), “Unstoppable” (playoff), “At Last” (top 20), “Up to the Mountain” (top 12), “You and I” (top 11), “Fix You” (top 10), “What the World Needs Now Is Love” (top 8)
Kyla Jade (Team Blake) — “See Saw” (blind), “One Last Time” (battle), “You Don’t Own Me” (knockout), “How Great Thou Art” (playoff), “One Night Only” (top 12), “Sweet Sweet Baby Since You’ve Been Gone” top 11), “This Is Me” (top 10), “Let It Be” (top 8)
Live updating recap of the performance episode plus analysis below for Monday, May 21:
8:00 p.m. – Tonight the four finalists will each sing three times: a new cover, a duet with their coach and a brand new single of their own. Voting is already open for all contestants in all forms and will continue through the night to determine who is crowned the winner tomorrow night.
8:01 p.m. – First up tonight is Kyla. In her video package, Carson points out that “This Is Me” is the song of hers where “the flood gates opened” and Blake says that it isn’t her voice that has improved this season, but her confidence on stage. Let’s see if she can master both of those things in her first performance of the night, her cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends” by The Beatles.
8:04 p.m. – I’m glad Kyla got to open tonight’s show because now the tone is set–we are here to crown the voice and Kyla is nothing if she’s not the strongest vocalist of the four. Overall the performance was heavy on the ad-libs, something that works in her favor because she is so strong when she’s doing runs and feeling the music from a natural rather than rehearsed place. The downside is I don’t know how well the track will translate on the iTunes studio recording and whether the audience will be encouraged to stream it.
8:08 p.m. – In critiques, Kelly tells Kyla that the strength of her performance tonight was how she included everyone on stage with her. Blake is ecstatic and exclaims that she is the voice and she has to win.
8:13 p.m. – The first original song of the night comes from Britton. His song (that he wrote!) is called “Where You Come From.” I love that it’s a stripped down performance with just Britton on stage with his guitar. You can see that he truly feels the lyric and hear that he’s singing with passion so I think this will really resonate with his fans, especially ones of his own age that are in a transitional period of their life like graduating high school and looking forward to a new future.
8:18 p.m. – With no artist of his own in the finale, Adam once again throws his support behind Britton. He says that he’s going to have a huge career and that eventually “The Voice” will be just a footnote in that journey. Alicia uses her time to give thanks to all the fans that have supported him throughout the season and reinforces that the song was entirely his vision and that he’s an exceptional artist.
8:24 p.m. – And the first duet of the night is Kelly with her finalist, Brynn, taking on “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. The two of them harmonized the chorus so beautifully and Brynn’s lower register brought grit and texture to match Kelly’s higher and more smooth vocal. By the end you can totally tell that Brynn’s game was raised by Kelly’s support and adoration. I loved this duet, but even more than that I just love Kelly as a coach and think she’s been a great addition to the franchise this season!
8:33 p.m. – Spensha’s first performance of the night is her cover song, “Merry Go ‘Round” by Kacey Musgraves. All along Blake has said that Spensha is the artist that has the ability to change the genre of country music forever and that she’s one of his favorite artists that he’s ever worked with on the show.
8:36 p.m. – I love that Spensha chose this song tonight because it’s one about breaking from cycles of tradition and owning your own independent voice. Kacey is a country artist that breaks down walls and that’s the artist that Spensha is going to be. While the performance isn’t going to go down as one of her best, I think it’s certainly one of her most authentic and it sounds like exactly the kind of music she’s going to put out on her own so I give her props for knowing who she is and sticking to that!
8:40 p.m. – Blake emphasizes Spensha’s storytelling ability and says that it’s that aspect of her as an artist that compelled him to use one of his saves on her and for the audience to vote her through to the finale.
8:45 p.m. – For Britton and Alicia’s duet they have “Wake Me Up” by Avicii. Once again Britton has brought his guitar to the stage and Alicia joins him on the piano, lending a musicianship quality to the performance. Vocally they switch off taking lines for themselves rather than harmonizing for most of the song, but they still sound great together. I actually think this is one that will do really well on streams, but on stage it could have been slightly more engaging for my taste.
8:50 p.m. – Kyla is also set for her second performance, her original song that Blake calls her greatest of the season, “The Last Year.” Kyle says the song describes the story of her journey on the show, breaking out and coming into her own at long last. Like “This Is Me,” this song is a huge ballad that inspires and evolves from something personal to something grand. It’s so perfectly fit for Kyla’s style and her voice and she knocks it out of the park. She’s really hitting her stride tonight and sounds like a winner, in my opinion. When the choir comes out to join her at the end you really see how much of a star she is and the command that she has over the stage. So, so beautiful.
8:55 p.m. – Kelly says that songwriters must be so proud (and surprised) to have Kyla singing their songs because she is the type of voice that can sing anything and sing it well. Blake once again calls her the voice, saying that vocalists like her are why the show exists in the first place and so everyone should vote for her.
9:01 p.m. – Spensha and Blake’s duet is to “Tell Me About It” by Tanya Tucker. I love that they chose something upbeat for Spensha because she’s had a lot of ballads lately and uptempo is as much a part of the country genre as slow songs are. The friendship between the two was apparent and that was really great to see, but Spensha’s vocal wasn’t the best (it’s flat and lacking her usual dynamics) and so I’m thinking this performance will do her the least amount of favors of her three. She has her original song left to sing so I’m expecting she’ll blow it all out of the water there instead!
9:09 p.m. – Brynn’s original song, written by Julia Michaels, is “Walk My Way.” The goal in choosing this song is to set Brynn within the current landscape and to sing about things like first relationships that she and her audience her age are experiencing. The song and Brynn’s performance are both really fun! I love that she has backup singers that are also dancing on stage with her and creating the kind of vibe that her audiences will want from her shows. She’s doing a great job at making it clear what kind of artist she’ll be, but that being said she doesn’t seem as comfortable as she has in the past.
9:21 p.m. – The final duet of the night is Blake and Kyla’s rendition of Wynnona‘s “Only Love.” It must have been hard for Blake to find a song that both he and Kyla can sing, so they settled on a country song without many big moments. It’s actually a great change of pace to see Kyla scale back her big voice and treat a lyric more delicately. It’s like a glimpse of one of the soft ballads she might put at the end of her album to serve as a contrast to the rest of it. She continues to prove that she truly can handle anything!
9:30 p.m. – Britton’s cover tonight is “Good Lovin'” by the Young Rascals. They chose this song to prove that Britton can handle all kinds of songs and change any genre to make it work for his own style. After two small guitar songs, this is a lively ruckus of a song and shows off Britton’s entertaining factor. He’s incredibly confident, charismatic and talented so Alicia is right that he has everything it takes to bring home the win. I think this is a really good note for him to end the night on because it paints a complete picture of who he is as an artist!
9:41 p.m. – For Spensha’s final performance we have her original song, “Old Soul,” and it’s exactly what she promises it will be: the perfect blend of country and soul. The magic of what Spensha does is in the blend of country music with her soulful voice working over and through it. On this song her voice is strong and clear and honestly sounds like it’s a cover because it already sounds like a hit! This is going to be a huge moment for her and the producers did her a major solid by giving her a prime spot for it at the end because it’s going to be one of the songs voters can’t get out of their heads. It might be my favorite of the night!
9:52 p.m. – And the last performance spot of the night goes to Brynn with her cover of Adele‘s “Skyfall.” And what a breathtaking performance it is! By a large margin this is the best Brynn has ever sounded and to be honest I cringed when I heard she was attempting Adele. I didn’t think she could do it! The performance is dramatic with a full-bodied vocal and she still manages to make a highly stylish song sound like her own! Through her three performances Brynn has showed a ton of versatility and range and has made a strong case to win.
9:58 p.m. – This is going to be a nail biter! Before last week’s results show I thought Britton had the season wrapped up and in his back pocket. Going into tonight I figured Kyla had the edge and would run away with the win if all she delivered was solid performances, which she did. But tonight both Brynn and Spensha have stepped up their games by multiple levels and either could win! Ugh my predictions are going to be so hard to me. Who do y’all think will win? Sound off in the comments and of course… vote!
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