Hey everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I last posted something about The Voice, but the past few rounds would’ve just been me gushing on about how well Team Adam Levine has been doing (primarily Matt McAndrew) and I didn’t have the heart to put you all through that. Since the semi-finals round aired this week I definitely have a lot more to say about our Top 3 contestants Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison and Craig Wayne Boyd as well as our first ever Wild Card contestant Damian. The finale is pretty much Team Adam vs. Team Blake Shelton’s classic country bumpkin, but the season 7 crown is literally free game for anyone.
Each contestant in the semi-finals round had their claws out and showcased their best to woo the audience into taking them to the finale. Each coach chose a song for their contestants to perform, and later on the tables turned where the contestants chose a ‘hometown dedication’ song (after viewing footage of them visiting their homes and making the viewers feel some feels). I’m going to start off with Team Gwen Stefani’s last standing contestant Taylor John Williams who unfortunately did not make it into the final 4 because his attempts to prove his versatility were cut short. He began with singing “Falling Slowly” from John Carney’s film Once and shocked us all by busting out an ultimate hipster version of Taylor Swift’s new hit “Blank Space.” It was anyone’s game, and while I’m pained that Williams didn’t make it to the finale I’m still pretty excited for the music he’s going to be putting out in the future.
My Thoughts On The Final Contestants: (AKA Team Adam vs Blake’s Country Dude)
While I wasn’t too thrilled when Adam chose to save him instead of Taylor Phelan during the first elimination live round, I truly do think that Chris has grown as an artist from the inside out. With each week, Chris has performed songs that showcased his potential to be the next teen heartthrob (Nick Jonas’ “Jealous,” Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”) and was honored to have the chance to debut Coach Adam Levine of Maroon 5’s newest single “Sugar” during the semi-finals. However, he has performed a majority of newer, popular songs to appeal to the age range of his potential target audience so when he performed Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” it was a little off putting because of his baby face. Even if he doesn’t win, he’s definitely going to have a decent career following the show’s finale and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him nominated at an upcoming Teen Choice Awards.
Craig Wayne Boyd:
I mean, I wasn’t necessarily surprised that he made it to the finale because he’s being supported by one of the largest communities in music. The country music lovers have always successfully gotten at least one (sometimes even more than one) of Blake Shelton’s contestants into the finale and Craig Wayne has definitely shown more than once that he’s the definition of a future country music superstar. Craig is one of those country artists that has an old school rock vibe to him and has proved that in his heartbreaking rendition of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” and his honkytonk version of The Eagles’ hit “Take It Easy” in the semi-finals. It’s easy to say that he’s going to have a strong career once the season is over.
Oh Matt McAndrew, I could probably go on all day gushing about how amazing I think he is but I’ll tone it down for now. With each week, I’ve seen a significant growth in both Matt’s vocal abilities and his stage presence and he’s been the one to beat since the live rounds began. All of his song choices (from Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” to Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain) have complemented his voice perfectly and I feel that Adam has been putting a little extra time into unleashing his full-potential. McAndrew has rocked the iTunes charts the entire live show so I’ve definitely got my fingers crossed for him.
To be honest, I personally don’t think that Damian has done enough in the competition to be named as the first ever wild card. Don’t get me wrong, he’s got a lovely voice and all, but I feel that Taylor John Williams had accomplished a lot more in terms of vocal and stage presence than Damian did. He’s given his fair share of emotional performances (Adele’s “Someone Like You” *sobs*), but he’s also done only ballads the entire season and doesn’t prove that he can sing anything at a more upbeat pace, especially when he slows down normally faster paced tracks (Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Wanna Wait” and Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” in the wild card round). We will see how he fares against his competitors in the live finale.
The finale is certainly going to be intense and any one of these contestants can easily take home the title of Season 7 winner of The Voice. May the best man win!
UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP CALM AND WATCH THE VOICE FINALE!
The Voice airs on Monday and Tuesday on NBC @ 8PM.