I needed some time to calm down my feels about Blake Shelton’s literal comeback kid (or I guess man) Craig Wayne Boyd beating out not one, not two, but THREE of Adam Levine’s contestants and becoming the season 7 winner of NBC’s The Voice. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely had a feeling that it would coming down to Boyd and Team Adam’s emotional indie soul artist Matt McAndrew in the very end, but it was shocking all the same. I’m going to put my McFANdrew-ness aside and take the time to praise our new reigning champion, but first: the live finale performances.
The final live rounds was filled with strong and unforgettable performances from our top 4. Each contestant performed one song of their coach’s choice, a duet with their respective coach, and showcased what they would be performing in the real world with their own original song (which was brought back from season 1). By this point, the coaches should know what works for their artists so it wasn’t surprising that Levine had chosen a ballad for wildcard Damian and old-school Justin Timberlake for Chris Jamison while Shelton went with a track that would hit close to home for his last man standing. The performance that was shocking was McAndrew’s rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, in which he successfully kept to original while still showcasing his talents.
The coach/contestant duets were amazing as usual. Shelton and Boyd rocked out to Randy Houser’s “Boots On” and totally made me want to ship then as the next big country duo (I’m thinkin’ something around the lines of ‘Shelton & Boyd’ for their name). Adam Levine got ‘lost’ in his performance Jamison for Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” and turned his Begin Again hit “Lost Stars” into dreamy duet blended both vocals in perfect harmony. However, Levine’s performance with Damian for Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” was far from flawless and the vocal differences were extremely prominent and somewhat awkward. Overall, the performances were filled with more hits than misses.
The moment for the contestants to prove their worthiness of the crown came in the form of the final contestants’ original songs. In a nutshell, Damian’s “Soldier” was less than inspiring while Jamison’s “Velvet” was just your stereotypical pop track that has radio airplay potential. McAndrew’s “Wasted Love” was the epitome of the emotional down-in-the-dumps breakup song (I may or may not have had some feels) and Boyd’s “My Baby’s Got A Smile On Her Face” was your slightly less cheesy version of your classic country love song that will without a doubt be spinning on all of the country radio stations.
Since we all know that Mr. Craig Wayne Boyd is this season’s winner of The Voice regardless of who we were rooting for, let’s take a look at some highlights that made him worthy of his title:
Being stolen by Gwen Stefani after his battle round against James David Carter
Being stolen back by original coach Blake Shelton after his knockout round against Anita Antoinette and Stefani giving him a new look.
Turning Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” into a beautiful, solemn eulogy during the top 10 live rounds.
Really showcasing his potential to be a huge country star in his performance of The Eagles’ “Take It Easy” during the top 8 live rounds.
Rocking coach’s choice, Merle Haggard’s “Working Man Blues,” in the semi-finals and proving to the voters that he’s ready for the next step in his career.
Being fawned over by returning songstresses DaNica Shirey, Taylor Brashears and Sugar Joans in their live finale performance of The Georgia Satellites’ “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.”
Looking like a natural alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd singing along to “Sweet Home Alabama” in the live finale.
Personally, I was all for Matt McAndrew to win, but Craig Wayne Boyd also grew an immense amount. Did I think he deserved to win? Yes and no. He rocked his performances from the beginning to end, but I’m pretty sure the country music community is what truly scored him that win instead of his obvious talent. All in all, congrats to Craig Wayne Boyd. See you all for next season!
UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP CALM AND TV ON!