(LOS ANGELES) — The season-10 finale of The Voice began Monday night with the remaining four artists taking the stage in hopes of winning the viewers’ votes — and a recording contract.
Adam Wakefield, of Team Blake Shelton; Alisan Porter, of Team Christina Aguilera; Hannah Huston, of Team Pharrell Williams; and Laith Al-Saadi, of Team Adam Levine performed a cover, a duet with a coach, and a brand-new original song they wrote themselves.
Laith kicked off the show with a rockin’ rendition of “White Room” by Cream. Blake admitted that he was wrong when he told Laith earlier in the season to focus more on his singing and less on his guitar playing. Adam raved about his artist’s “purity of spirit and heart.”
Alisan was up next with her original song, a ballad titled “Down That Road.” Adam suggested that, if she were to be judged purely on her voice, Alisan deserves to win the competition. Blake called her the “real deal.” Christina seconded what Adam said, declaring Alisan “the epitome of The Voice.”
Adam Wakefield teamed up with his coach, Blake, for a duet of “The Conversation” by Hank Williams, Jr. and Waylon Jennings.
Hannah’s cover had her put a slower, piano- and strings-driven spin on The Police tune “Every Breath You Take.” Adam said he loves the original version so much, and was scared to hear Hannah’s take, but he thought it was “awesome.” Blake added that it was risky, but he believes it will pay off. Crediting the house band for the arrangement, Pharrell said it was “genius” for Hannah to take the song to a different but beautiful place.
Laith returned to the stage for his duet with his coach, Adam, who sat it on drums. Together, they performed a Beatles/Abbey Road medley that included “Carry That Weight” and “The End.”
Alisan and her coach, Christina, followed with their own duet, tackling “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor and Carole King.
Adam Wakefield pulled out his guitar for his original song, the country tune “Lonesome, Broken and Blue.” Adam Levine thought it was cool that the contestant was able to perform his own song for millions of viewers. Blake was touched by the lyrics, describing them as “so good.” He said the song reminded him of something the late Keith Whitley would have recorded.
Pharrell stepped onto the stage with Hannah for their duet. They sang “Brand New,” Pharrell’s song with Justin Timberlake.
Laith’s original composition was a bluesy song titled “Morning Light.” Pharrell praised the chord changes. Adam said Laith fills the room with joy.
Adam Wakefield sat behind the piano for his cover, “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill. Christina was impressed by his ad-libs and his runs. Blake complimented him on his taste in making those runs.
Hannah capped her night with an energetic song titled “I Call the Shots.” Pharrell said her calling the shots was all her, and he’s proud of her.
For the final performance of the night, Alisan belted out Barbra Streisand’s version of the West Side Story tune “Somewhere.” Christina was brought to tears, telling the audience how hard Alisan has been working.
The new Voice champ will be announced Tuesday night. The two-hour results show airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
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