Monday’s finale performance episode of The Voice (watch The Voice live results finale on Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) was the ‘most important performance of the seasons’ for the contestants according to host Carson Daly, which of course could be said about any performance this year. But yeah, Monday was a biggie. Maelyn Jarmon continued to be a pitch-perfect gift from the musical gods, while Team Blake’s remaining three members did a surprising shift, with dark horse Andrew Sevener taking the lead. And after three months, it finally happened – John Legend got excited. We’re still shocked.
The Voice has yet to announce the line up for the next seasons, so it’s still up in the air whether Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Legend will return, but if newbie coach and EGOT winner John does come back for a second season, we hope to see more of his reaction from Monday night. The hugely accomplished musician has been a little too chill all season about his artists, but on Monday night he finally showed some real enthusiasm for his final contestant, Maelyn. There was even a fist pump. John’s cool and collected demeanour may be great for his career, but when it comes to The Voice, sometimes you need to grab your pom poms and plead your case.
Maelyn has set herself up as the artist that delivers perfection and Monday night’s performances were no different. All four contestants performed a solo cover, an original song and a duet with their coach and Maelyn was consistently stunning with each performance. She easily went note for note with Legend while covering Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” She gave an instant radio-hit with her original “Wait For You.” And we audibly said “Of course!” when Carson announced she would be performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” because, of course. If you’re the greatest contestant to ever perform on The Voice, it’s probably in your contract to sing “Hallelujah.” Even John first pumped, which was a big jump from his usual monotone delivery of “You’re great, that was great, good job.”
Adam reiterated his previous week’s statement on Monday, saying that if the world made sense, Maelyn would win The Voice, no question. But the world doesn’t make sense, so we still must tune in on Tuesday night. The silver lining is that we’re pretty sure we’re going to hear a record from Jarmon soon regardless of Tuesday’s results.
Um, is Andrew Sevener gonna win The Voice? Maelyn is our Kween with a ‘K,’ but we have to give it up to Andrew for continuing to improve with each performance. On Monday night, he was the only consistent performer on Team Blake, delivering three outstanding performances. He out sang “All Right” with his coach, which admittedly was a song that was more in his lane than Blake’s, but still impressive. He has a hit on his hands with his original “Rural Route Raising,” the song that’s fun to sing and hard to say and unfortunately is not a cover of this. And…he even made us kinda like that horrible Hinder song.
Dang. He may win this thing.
Gyth and his terrible Amish beard have been leading this season literally since day one, with the country singer as the first artist to audition for Season 16. Monday night’s trio of performances from Rigdon were solid as usual, but it feels as though the singer has lost some of his sheen from earlier weeks. It could be that his consistency in his delivery hasn’t included much growth, but that’s because he started so far ahead of the rest of the contestants. We were impressed that he was the only singer to write his own original song. So, that’s what you do in your downtime from the horse farm. If Gyth doesn’t win The Voice, he can still sell the rights to his life story to the Hallmark channel.
After delivering his strongest performances last week, Dexter Roberts kinda fell apart on Monday night. His duet with Blake on Brooks and Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man” was well-executed and forgettable and his cover of Randy Houser’s “Anything Goes” was a stand-out. But Dexter unfortunately had pitch issues throughout his original track “Looking Back,” which should have been a slam dunk. What’s the country term for a slam dunk? It should have been touchdown at the high school game on Friday night. It was not.
Watch The Voice finale on Tuesday, May 21 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. Catch up with new episodes online the day after broadcast.