Blake Shelton‘s country star Dexter Roberts from Fayette, Alabama had three final chances to thrill America during Monday’s “The Voice” Season 16 finale, but which one of his performances was the best? As a refresher, Dexter sang Randy Houser‘s “Anything Goes” as his solo cover, “Hard Workin’ Man” as his coach duet with Blake and “Looking Back” as his original song. Our live-blogger John Benutty recapped each of Dexter’s final three performances, so scroll down to see his snappy reactions and then vote in our poll for your fave.
“Anything Goes” — watch above
Benutty’s take: “During rehearsals Blake was surprised by how perfect of a song choice it was, telling Dexter that he probably should have sang it earlier but is glad he saved it. I’d have to agree–it was an emotional ballad that showed off his voice perfectly, creating a really effective stage atmosphere and a breakout moment for him on the show. Both Kelly and Adam loved the performance–Adam said ‘greatness is greatness and you’re great.'”
“Hard Workin’ Man”
Benutty’s take: “For his duet, Dexter joined with Blake for ‘Hard Working Man’ by Brooks & Dunn. It was a joyous union for the two who showed that they have a friendly connection with one another and in that spirit they had a ton of fun with the song. The duet was a strong finish for Dexter, who in my opinion was hit or miss tonight, and might be enough to keep him within the Top 3 after the night’s votes.”
Benutty’s take: “Dexter’s original song ‘Looking Back’ was fitting lyrically with the way it is a stand in for the process that each of the artists goes through on the show. Vocally it wasn’t his best performance of the season–at time his voice seemed strained–but he’s a solid stage performer and so his fanbase will be proud. Kelly reiterated to him that he’s her favorite country vocalist this season and called him ‘authentic.'”
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