It’s that time of the season again when the previous season’s contestants take a break from making their contractually obligated Voice-themed shampoo commercials to perform on the stage where there careers truly began (and where they pretty much ended, some would argue, but happy homecoming anyway!). Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, along with the season’s finalists Jacquie Lee and Will Champlin perform their newest singles as coaches Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine await their teams’ results.
Before the former Voice-ers hit the stage, Rascal Flatts perform their new single “Rewind” to kick off the show. The Voice’s efforts at total country takeover are not so subtle at this point, are they?
Season 5 finalist Jacquie Lee then performs her new single, “Broken Ones,” for her homecoming. It’s a little more somber than the teen’s past performances, but perhaps that’s what five months of a Voice contract can do to a person. Not so coincidentally, the single’s release date was Tuesday.
Fellow Season 5 finalist Will Champlin performs “Eye Of The Pyramid,” and is immediately reminded of the audience’s inability to clap in time. Like Jacquie, Will’s single was released on Tuesday. Gotta take advantage of any built-in promotion available, right?
To the victor goes the spoils, and on The Voice, the spoils happen to be the budget for stage design. Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin performs “Everything Reminds Me Of You” on a neon lit stage. There’s a Leona Lewis vibe to the single, which will appear on her forthcoming album Count On My Love, out June 24. When she sings “I can’t watch TV on Sunday nights, especially not HBO / Cause I don’t want to make the dumb mistake by turning to what used to be our show,” though, it just leaves too many questions. Game Of Thrones? Girls? True Blood? Don’t say Newsroom. WHICH ONE WAS IT, TESSANNE? Inquiring minds need to know.
As America ponders which premium channel show Tessanne is avoiding, the first two finalists are announced.
Team Blake – Jake Worthington
Team Usher – Josh Kaufman
Kristen Merlin, Kat Perkins and Christina Grimmie are left to compete for the Instant Save.
Kristen sings Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” and the performance highlights how immense Underwood’s range is. It does nothing, however, for Kristen Merlin’s voice. Shakira’s country singer struggles, specifically in the lower register.
“It’s been amazing to see what’s happened between Shakira and you as artist and coach. It’s been magical,” says Blake.
“Here’s why I think that America should save Kristen,” says Coach Shakira, ready with a list of reasons. “She is a storyteller. She emotes every time she sings. I believe every word she says when she sings. Her voice is distinguishing. You will recognize Kristen’s voice on the radio if you hear it.”
Kat sings Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” in her third appearance in the Instant Saves. Despite the fact that she has been teetering on elimination, she always pulls it out in these make-or-break performances.
“You have such fun up here, you electrify this audience and bring this performance to life,” says Usher
“I’m such a Kat Perkins fan, I’m saving the crap out of you,” says Adam, who will likely say the exact same thing to Christina in mere moments.
Christina didn’t get the Carrie Underwood memo, and sings OneRepublic instead. Her rendition of “Apologize” is OK, but not her best.
“If you get this girl to where she needs to go in the finals, this girl is going to win,” says Adam. Interestingly, he said the exact same thing to Kat last week.
So who stays in the finals with Blake and Usher: Shakira or Adam?
The Instant Save Goes to…
Team Adam’s Christina Grimmie
Team Adam’s Kat Perkins
Team Shakira’s Kristen Merlin
So it’s a battle of the boys – boy coaches that is – in next week’s finale, which will feature performances by Ed Sheeran and yet-to-be-named others. Can Usher pull off his first win? Or will it be a repeat for Adam or Blake?