John Legend‘s pop singer Maelyn Jarmon from Frisco, Texas had three final chances to wow America during Monday’s “The Voice” Season 16 finale, but which one of her performances was the best? As a refresher, Maelyn sang Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” as her solo cover, “Unforgettable” as her coach duet with John and “Wait for You” as her original song. Our live-blogger John Benutty recapped each of Maelyn’s final three performances, so scroll down to see his snappy reactions and then vote in our poll for your fave.
Benutty’s take: “Maelyn got the prime spot of closing the show with her cover of the legendary ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen. Not only was it just a smart song choice for her, but she picked it because she’s performed it with her father before and so it held a special place in her heart. It was a flawless vocal and overall one of the most stunning performances I’ve ever seen on any season. I wanted her to sing it forever. Like I didn’t want it to stop! Unsurprisingly there was an extended standing ovation and deafening cheers from the audience following her performance.”
“Unforgettable” — watch above
Benutty’s take: “Maelyn’s second performance was her duet with John of ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat King Cole. We knew the song would be right up John’s alley, but the surprise here was how easily Maelyn adapted to the swoon and sway of the old classic. The intimacy between the two in the song was a sight to behold, especially with the string and brass band in front of them. At the end of the track the other three coaches rose in a standing ovation.”
“Wait for You”
Benutty’s take: “For her it was a song she could connect to having been away from her boyfriend throughout the course of the competition. The song and performance had a very Florence + the Machine vibe with the drums and Maelyn’s soaring vocals on the chorus. In terms of stage presence she was professional and comfortable, if not slightly low energy (even if it matched the song’s tone). In critiques, Adam gave his full support to Maelyn, acknowledging that while everyone in the final is great that he thinks she ‘is the artist that should be winning.'”
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