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On Monday night’s episode of The Voice (watch the Season 14 finale on Tuesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), the first night of the Season 14 finale gave the four remaining singers time to shine. Britton Buchanan, Kyla Jade, Brynn Cartelli and Spensha Baker all performed three times each, showcasing one cover, one original song and one performance with their coach. Although each singer had at least one shining moment, weak original songs and poor cover choices meant that no one stood out as the obvious winner. But if we’re going just based on incredible talent, it’s Kyla Jade’s show to lose.

Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson all still have singers in the competition, which meant more screen time for the three musicians. It also meant that Adam Levine’s poor attitude was at its worst, with the Maroon 5 front man once again telling the audience to shut up. We don’t know who is going win Season 14, but we do know that it’s time for Levine to move on, or cheer up.

KYLA JADE – TEAM BLAKE

In an interview with Carson Daly, Blake said that Kyla’s voice hasn’t improved this season, but her confidence as a performer has gone through a transformation. It’s true. Kyla was a professional back-up singer for Wynonna Judd and Jennifer Hudson before The Voice, so we knew she could SANG. But she didn’t know it herself. Her time as a back up singer made her feel like her place was at the back of the stage, but largely with credit to Blake’s coaching, Kyla now performs like the headliner that she is. Blake said that if Kyla doesn’t win The Voice, he doesn’t know why the call this show The Voice. In addition to Kyla, Blake was also on fire last night.

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

Kyla kicked off Monday night’s show with her strongest performance of the night, a cover of Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends.” Her next two performances were strong vocally, but her original song had us falling asleep and her duet with Blake on Wynonna Judd’s “Only Love” was ill fitting for both artists. We get that Kyla started her career with Judd, but now we’re hoping she didn’t just end her career with Judd as well. Let’s just focus on Kyla’s first performance because this woman deserves to win the whole thang.

BRITTON BUCHANAN – TEAM ALICIA

Adam is still Team Britton and throwing his support behind mini Matt Damon, and we’re still unsure whether or not we’re okay with him picking a team. We’re definitely not okay with his bad attitude and his mustache. Why, Adam? Back to Britton, the teen singer wrote his original song on his own, something the other three artists didn’t do. Well, that’s pretty impressive. The show is The Voice, not The Well-rounded Artist, and since most pop stars work with songwriters it’s not imperative for Britton to be able to write, but we’re still impressed.

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

Britton picked up the performance gauntlet that was left on the ground after Rayshun LaMarr was voted off last week. The 18-year-old hit the stage with a vengeance for his final performance of The Rascals’ “Good Lovin.” He’s got a great voice, he’s fun to watch, and he’s cute as a button. The kid could be the next Shawn Mendes if he partners with the right songwriters and producers. Moms will love him.

SPENSHA BAKER – TEAM BLAKE

Spensha Baker is the final country artist left standing this season and her coach credits that to her storytelling abilities. She definitely has strengths as a performer and storyteller, but I’m still not convinced that she’s got such an original voice that she deserves to win The Voice. Should it be on country radio? Sure. But is it the strongest voice this season? Not quite.

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

I was going to pick Spensha’s performance of Kacey Musgraves “Merry Go ‘Round” as her strongest of the night, but when she refused the say the word ‘damn’ in the final line it left a weird taste in my mouth. When it came time for her to perform her original track “Old Soul,” I was pleasantly surprised to hear a song that fit Spensha’s voice and personality. Blake is right. Spensha has a spot in country music and this song is ready for radio play.

BRYNN CARTELLI – TEAM KELLY

It’s taken 25 episodes, but I’ve finally figured out where I think Brynn would really shine in the music industry. Now that Fifth Harmony have begun their hiatus, there’s room for a new girl group and Brynn would make a great member. Her voice is strong and she’s comfortable on stage, but where she really shines is in her group performances and duets, like Monday night’s performance with Coach Kelly of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

BEST PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT

Brynn Cartelli lucked out with scoring songwriter and artist Julia Michaels as the writer for her original song for The Launch. Sorry, The Voice. Out of the four originals performed on Monday night, Brynn’s song was the one that could make the easiest transition to radio play. It was also Brynn’s best performance of the night, with “Walk My Way” as the most age-appropriate track she’s performed all season, which also let Brynn find her optimal level of comfort on stage.

 

Watch the Season 14 finale of The Voice on Tuesday, May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.