It was night one of the Season 13 finale of The Voice (watch the finale Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and it was time for the final four to show why they should be the big winner, winner, chicken dinner. They get other goodies for winning, as well.
While Coach Jennifer Hudson doesn’t have a singer left (ugh, we can’t believe Davon Fleming isn’t here), Miley Cyrus is still hoping for her first win with Brooke Simpson, while Adam Levine and his singer Addison Agen are looking for the W against rival Blake Shelton and his pair of singers, Chloe Kohanski and Red Marlow.
We’ll have to wait until Tuesday night to see who goes home the winner, but Monday night was still full of first place finisher performances.
Singer: Brooke Simpson
Song: “What Is Beautiful,” Music Video
All four finalists got to shoot their own music video with an original song; Brooke released a ballad about the hardships of being in a business without looking like the picture-perfect singer. The song was a bit slow and not as powerful as we had hoped a song from Brooke would be, but she also probably only had a week to write it. So, we’ll give her a pass.
Song: “What Is Beautiful,” Live Performance
Brooke shines when she’s in front of an audience, so it was no surprise that her live performance of “What Is Beautiful” moved us more than her music video. Plus, that dress. Slay, girl.
Song: “O Holy Night,” Traditional
This is the second time in the competition Brooke has performed a traditional song and it’s a brilliant move. Her voice is flawless in this performance and you can’t help but feel moved.
Song: “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus
All the artists performed songs with their coaches and Brooke and Miley took on Cyrus’ huge 2013 single “Wrecking Ball.” No surprise, the powerhouse performers killed the track. Sadly, no giant wrecking ball to ride in sight. Our only problem with the performance is that Miley overshadowed Brooke—because she’s a giant superstar (we get it)—but if she wants Brooke to win she’s gotta make her the star of the show.
Singer: Chloe Kohanski
Song: “Wish I Didn’t Love You,” Music Video
Chloe went old Hollywood glam for her music video, which didn’t quite match the tone of her single, but we still loved the original track. It showed off the richness of her voice and still paid homage to her love of all things ’80s.
Song: “Wish I Didn’t Love You,” Live Performance
It says a lot about the final four performers that all their live performances were stronger than their music videos. The Voice is great training for singing live, and has the added pressure of singing in front of huge pop stars and knowing that millions are watching at home. There probably isn’t a stage left that these four couldn’t perform on.
Song: “You Got It,” Roy Orbinson
We were pretty interested to see what song Blake and Chloe would choose to perform together, considering their voices couldn’t be more different. We didn’t see Roy Orbison coming, but man, it works. Do we want a joint album with Blake and Chloe? Let’s not get carried away, but they did a great job on the classic track.
Song: “Bette Davis Eyes,” Kim Carnes
Another night, another 1980s song to fall in love with all over again thanks to wild child Chloe. It was the perfect fit for the husky voiced blonde with big eyes, and if this performance doesn’t get her votes, we don’t know what will.
Singer: Red Marlow
Song: “I Pray,” Music Video
How do you win an American singing contest as the only country artist left? You go for the Christian vote. That’s the route Red is taking with his original song “I Pray.” It sounds exactly like what you would think a Christian song from Red would sound like.
Song: “I Pray,” Live Performance
What would Red do? He would write a song with his buddy Larry after Larry’s dad passed away. Okay, that’s pretty moving.
Song: “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song),” Brad Paisley
Hold onto your cowboy boots, y’all, Blake and Red performed a country song about fishing and heartbreak. I mean, I guess if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Meh.
Song: “Make You Feel My Love,” Bob Dylan
It took an entire season, but it finally happened. We fell in love with Red tonight.
Singer: Addison Agen
Song: “Tennessee Rain,” Music Video
Adam has continually praised Addison’s original music, which we’ve yet to hear. This was our first introduction to Addison the artist and not just Addison the cover artist. It was folky, it was pretty, it was poetic, and it lived up to our expectations of the talented teen.
Song: “Tennessee Rain,” Live Performance
Between the dress, the stage and the simple accompaniment, it was difficult to not be a fan of Addison with Monday night’s performance.
Song: “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
Addison put her own spin on Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” and the song’s message fit with her persona. Addison was unable to finish the song and broke down in tears at the end, finally proving that she’s actually human and not a perfect singing angel sent from heaven. We feel like we really got to see the real Addison tonight, and fell in love with her all over again.
Song: “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
There are few songs we love more than Glen Hansard’s and Markéta Irglová’s “Falling Slowly,” so we had some high expectations. Addison and coach Adam thankfully didn’t change the song, instead delivering a straight forward version of the stunning ballad and doing the song justice.