Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Voice - Review - Season 5 Final 3 Revealed

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Left to right: Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton.

Last night, the Top 5 on Season 5 of 'The Voice' put in their Semifinal performances, and boy, was it special! Each of the artists offered everything they had with the songs they sang, with many offering their best to date. After the show, I gave my picks for the best and worst of the night, with Tessanne winning the evening with her brilliant take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and, for me, Jacquie Lee singing Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" on bottom. On iTunes, Tessanne made it to #1 on the single chart with her single. But she was not alone, as Jacquie Lee made it to #7, and Will Champlin went to #10. Not far behind, Cole went to #12, and James to #14. However, this season I have noticed that iTunes sales has not been a great barometer for results night, and with the numbers so tight, who knows? Can James survive tonight, being the first artist to get the Instant Save and stick around the next week? Can Cole and Jacquie keep Team Adam from sweeping the three finalist positions? With appearances tonight from Season 4 Top 3 Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel, and The Swon Brothers, can they offer advice to the contestants wondering about what might come next? Perhaps we will have the answers to these questions by the end of this post.

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Left to right: Cole Vosbury, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin, & James Wolpert.

The familiar graphic comes on the screen, and soon we see Carson Daly on stage with the Top 5, and he introduces the judges. Soon the recap begins, and Blake claims Cole was the best, while Christina says it is Jacquie Lee who stole the show. Adam thinks Tessanne gave the best performance in the history of the show. These are all big words, and we shall see what the voters thought. But it was a good night on iTunes, for the artists have #1 on the Country chart, the Pop chart, and the Alternative chart, as well as #1 on the Singles chart. But now it is time to get the entertainment started, as the Swon Brothers sing "Later On", a brand new song I couldn't find anywhere, but is a strong single. You can purchase it tonight on iTunes. The guys look great, and seemed happy to be performing on the familiar stage. And Blake looked proud as can be of the brothers. After the break, we learn Adam is just so proud of his team making it this far, no matter what happens tonight. Cee Lo offers the notion that the artists can be professionals, and that someone must lose gracefully, while someone else should win graciously. Christina is so very proud of Jacquie, and how much she has grown as a young artist. Blake is sure Cole is not only going make it to the finals, he will be winning it all!. Then we see the weekly confessional, which was a bit silly. However, it did give Adam a chance to wish everyone a 'Happy Hanukkah' with a menorah in hand. Next up, Carson breaks in to give us the name of the first artist leaving the show tonight. That person is James Wolpert.

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James handles with the news of leaving well, and thanks his coach for a great time together. James gives all his fellow contestants a hug, and it truly gracious in this exit. There is a big hug for his coach, and we are off to another commercial. When we return, it is time for the second place contestant from last season, the wonderful Michelle Chamuel. She sings "Go Down Singing", a song that was featured on my blog a few weeks ago.

I like the song very much, and was proud to make it part of my music library the first time I heard it. You can purchase "Go Down Singing" from iTunes and Amazon. We come back to Carson, and he reveals the first finalist of Season 5. Tessanne Chin is the first artist to make it to next week's finals. She looks both surprised and elated, and hugs the other contestants before collecting a big hug from Adam Levine. There are commercials, including the one featuring the elfin Blake, which still makes me giggle. There is a Twitter Q&A session, but this soon ends and it is time to greet the season 3 winner of The Voice, ready to perform. Carson introduces Cassadee Pope, who sings "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart".

The song is nice, but not ultimately that special to me. "I Wish I Could Break Your Heart" can be found on Cassadee's debut album, 'Frame By Frame'. You can by the album from iTunes and Amazon. The album also features the single "Wasting All These Tears", and Blake comes out with the plaque certifying the single earned a Gold Single status, with over 500,000 downloads. That is quite an accomplishment, so a hearty congratulations is due! After a commercial break, the third former member of Team Blake returns to the stage as Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery comes out to sing "Never Like This" off her debut album.

"Never Like This" can be found on her self-titled debut album, 'Danielle Bradbery'. You can purchase the album on iTunes and Amazon. The song was a good one, and the album is well-worth checking out. After chatting with Danielle and Blake a bit, it is time to get back to the results with Carson. The next artist making it to the finals is Jacquie Lee. She and Christina are excited, and run to give one another a hug. This leaves Will and Cole fighting for the last slot in the Top 3. Before going to another commercial, we see a promotion of the upcoming Olympics, featuring Danielle's recording of "My Day", and it looks like a great fit. After the break, we learn who will be moving on, and who will be going home. Interestingly enough, they are the final two 'steals' in the competition. Both thank their coaches, and it is time for Carson to give the last results of the evening. The last artist to be a finalist is Will Champlin, and that means Cole Vosbury is going home.

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That was certainly a surprise, as Coach Blake is eliminated from the competition. Christina has one artist in the finals, and Adam the other two. Can Christina be the first woman coach to earn the win? Or can Adam earn his second win of the series? Tune in next week, when the Finalists will return to the stage to see if they can keep the dream alive! To learn more about 'The Voice', visit the official website. You can also 'like' them on Facebook, and 'follow' them on Twitter.

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