Jun 17 2013, 9:36pm CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr
The battle lines have all been drawn and the fandoms have been essentially locked in for several weeks now on Season 4 of The Voice. So the question entering tonight’s Live Finals was this: Would (or could) any voters be swayed to switch allegiance?
The question exiting it, though, was quite different: Why did one of the three competing acts get a hefty advantage by scoring two out of the last three solo performance slots on the telecast? (Spoiler alert: It wasn’t The Swon Brothers or a member of Team Usher.)
Look, I know Danielle Bradbery is as easy a sell to country radio as
sauvignon blanc to a reality TV recapper warm milk to a hungry 1-year-old, but the Live Finals were so imbalanced, I swear my TV tilted four inches to the right by the time the telecast came to an end. You think I’m exaggerating? Chew on this: The Swons Brothers’ final competitive performance tonight ended an with a full 42 minutes left of airtime. Mark Burnett & Co. might as well have introduced ‘em with a dismissive, “Hey, America, it’s the opening act for tonight’s main event…put your hands together for Zach and Colton…whatever their names are!”
OK, OK, I’ll quit with the conspiracy theorizing now. Because, ultimately, the final night of Season 4 voting comes down to a choice among apples, oranges and kiwis. Or, rather, a fast-food burger joint, a backyard barbeque and an avant garde urban trattoria.
Danielle allows Blake and his country fans to have it their way — midtempo, twangy love songs made with a quarter pound of lean beef and cooked the same exact way every time. She’s a monument to consistency, to assembly-line efficiency and to the American dream. (Hey, if Blake can call her “without a doubt, one of the strongest vocalists on Earth, surely I’m allowed such a flight of fancy.)
The Swons’ performances may sometimes come out a little undercooked or occasionally overcharred, but the food’s not really the point. They’re about beers and bonfires and laughter with friends and family — and their understanding of their own limitations and broad appeal has allowed them to ingratiate themselves into the hearts and minds of the voting public. They’re the ultimate answer to the question, “Which act would I want to join me on the couch to watch The Voice?”
And then there’s Michelle: All Chilean sea bass with avocado foam, wasabi mashed potatoes and haricot vert with a soy demi-glaze. She’s a rarity, an aquired taste, a special (and expensive) night out — but with Usher lending his name to the joint, it’s become the place to be for
lights, psychos, Furbies, screaming babies in Mozart wigs, sunburnt drifters with soapsuds beards voters who want something out of the ordinary.
Me? I’m #TeamMichelle, but I understand the appeal of her rivals — even if, deep down, I know it’s Danielle Bradbery’s Powerball ticket, and the rest of us just have to hope she stimulates the economy and it trickles down to us. So with that, let’s cut to my letter grades for tonight’s performances:
The Swon Brothers (New Song): The Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why” | Grade: B+
Michelle Chamuel (Encore ‘Defining Moment’): Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” | Grade: A-
Danielle Bradbery and Blake Shelton (Mentor Duet): Patty Loveless’ “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” | Grade: C
The Swon Brothers (Encore ‘Defining Moment’): Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song” | Grade: B- (am I the only one who caught botched/mumbled lyrics this time around?)
Michelle Chamuel (New Song): Annie Lennox’s “Why” | Grade: A+
The Swon Brothers and Blake Shelton (Mentor Duet): Brad Paisley’s “Celebrity” | Grade: B
Danielle Bradbery (Encore ‘Defining Moment’): Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis” | Grade: B
Michelle Chamuel and Usher (Mentor Duet): U2′s “One” | Grade: A
Danielle Bradbery (New Song): Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly” | Grade: A-/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>
Should win: Michelle
Will win: Danielle/>
And with that, I’ll be back overnight to update this post with full reviews for every contestant — bookmark, refresh, and enjoy! — but until then, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 4 Live Finals? What did you think of the coaches’ comments? Who will win it all? And whol should win it all? Take our polls below, then sound off in the comments, and for all my Voice-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!
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