The Voice Season 3 Performance Finale Recap: May the Best Woman Win [Updated]

cassadee pope over youWelcome to The Voice‘s Season 3 finale: Rated EH…for Excessive Hyperbole!

Shudder as Carson Daly introduces contestant Terry McDermott’s reprise of a Foreigner track by calling it “the song that defined him as a true rock star.” (Wait, I thought he was still a contestant on a reality singing competition!)

Let out an audible “huh?” as Cee Lo Green declares he didn’t know voices like Nicholas David’s even existed anymore — at least until the “spiritual Minnesota soul man” showed up at the Blind Auditions. (Come to think of it, I think PBS may have run a documentary on how Blue-Eyed Soul met a quiet, inglorious death back in 2002.)

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And hit CTRL+ALT+DEL on your inner cynic as Blake Shelton tells Cassadee Pope that “God definitely broke the mold” when he made her. (Cut to God, throwing a side-eye: “Srsly, NBC? And after the ratings miracle I gave you to kick off the fall TV season?”)

Side note: Did you know Nicholas and Terry are family men? That they have children and spouses to support? And work ethic? And CHILDREN? Also, Cassadee once took a cross-country road trip with her mom and her sister. NBC thought you’d want to know that before you voted.

But hey, it’s a season finale — and the holidays are in full swing. Sometimes you have to accept the prevailing spirit of generosity coming through your TV screen, even if some of the critiques feel like dollar bills being perfunctorily stuffed into a Salvation Army collection box.

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My heart, though, won’t grow two sizes or more till Amanda Brown Cassadee Pope collects her championship trophy come Tuesday night. Yeah, she hit a couple of bum notes in her lower register, but at least she dug deep and performed like there was truly something at stake, not as if she had an attitude of “second or third place would be just fine, thanks very much.” And with that, here are my letter grades for the final set of Season 3 performances:

Nicholas David: Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire”/Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” | I’m all for musical mashups on reality singing competitions — unless someone decides to combine “I Have Nothing” and “Against All Odds,” of course — but Nicholas’ only non-repeat solo of the night felt like it had been conceived by some kind of “random iTunes mashup generator” that seeks any two songs with a common word in their titles and awkwardly binds them together using bailing twine and Elmer’s glue. (Strangely, the “Fire”/”Fire” combo also strayed from Nicholas’ pre-performance comment about building his season around songs with messages of hope and love.) And while Nicholas’ vocal was mostly on pitch — the guy really does have a lovely tone — it too often felt like he was straining to be a raucous hepcat when he’s really more of a gentle barn tabby. The team of go-go dancers, the flaming piano, and Nicholas’ own stilted karate kicks at the end of the performance played into the vibe that the bearded hippie was trying it all on for size — and that the fit was somewhat lacking. I mean, can you really imagine Nicholas repeating this kind of performance in his actual post-Voice career? (Let’s hope not!) Grade: C+

Cassadee Pope: Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” | I’ve never been a huge fan of reality singing contestants repeating “greatest hits” on finale night — oooh, I just had a happy flashback to when The Voice cooked up original songs for its finalists back in Season 1: remember that? — but if Cassadee had to look backwards, at least she picked the exact right song and put it in the exact right spot on her set list. This rendition, which featured Cassadee in a fantastic gown that looked like it had been woven from the glistening detritus of a shattered mirrorball and standing on what appeared to be the top of a spaceship emerging from the misty marshes, was even more stripped down and intimate than her Top 10 Week cover. And the hush that fell over Cassadee’s second take on the chorus made it even more dramatic when the drums kicked in and the Season 3 front-runner tore into those final glory notes. Honestly, this deserved a lot more praise than Adam’s dismissive “you’re so shiny”/”we’re proud of everybody” non-critique, no? Grade: A

Terry McDermott (with Blake Shelton): Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady” | On paper, it made sense for Terry to enlist cheeky Blake Shelton in covering Aerosmith’s winking gender-bending ditty. The only problem was Blake’s outsized charisma dwarfed Terry’s comparably muted (and occasionally bored-looking) stage presence, rendering the shaggy haired Scotsman as dull as 11th-grade trigonometry class*. And since Terry didn’t really do much of anything to add new life to the song’s vocals or arrangement, it made it even easier to shift focus to a shirtless Adam Levine playing guitar while rocking a long red wig and that stumbling stiletto-wearing backup dancer who may or may not have had her mic turned off. In other words, this felt like a 10th-place kind of performance rather than a Season 3 coronation. (*Side note: My chemist husband and his chemist friend — who declared Cassadee the easy winner of Round 1, despite the fact that she’d never seen an episode of The Voice — both launched immediate objections to my math-phobic simile; I stand corrected, apparently?) Grade: B-

Nicholas David: Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” | I’m still not sure why Nicholas chose this as his repeat performance, thereby ensuring that every track he covered this week was a minimum of 36 years old; if I were in his cream-colored shoes, I’d have gone with his excellent Knockout Rounds’ cover of “Put Your Records On,” giving him a chance to prove he’s got some modern looks in his retro-soul suitcase. Aside from staging — the Gospel choir sat and swayed on wooden crates this time around — the performance was pretty similar to what Nick delivered in Top 10 week. And that lack of innovation gave the performance an aura of leftover Monday-night meatloaf: Undeniably warm, nourishing and enjoyable, but also not terribly exciting. Grade: B

Terry McDermott: Mr. Mister’s “Broken Wings” | I got excited during the rehearsal package for the song, when Blake and Terry discussed if there was a way to “de-’80s” Mr. Mister’s soft-rock staple. “Whoa! Here’s Terry’s big chance to escape the karaoke ghetto!” Unfortunately, aside from some amped-up percussion, Terry’s interpretation turned out to be a pretty by-the-numbers affair (save for those opening few lines where some kind of earpiece problems resulted in a muffled, off-key intro). Adam Levine praised Terry for a quick recovery, but I thought the panic of those technical difficulties wrapped around the rest of the performance like the smell of old Chinese takeout from the back of the fridge. As Terry wandered up and down flights of stairs to nowhere, limply carrying his mic stand, his facial expression remained peculiarly blank and, even worse, you could hear the strain in his upper register. And while it was sweet to hear that “Broken Wings” is a favorite of Terry’s adorable son Liam, is that really reason enough to repeat Season 2’s “deserving dad wins the prize” story arc? I sure hope not. Grade: C+

Cassadee Pope (with Blake Shelton): Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen” | The good news? Crow’s rockin’, underrated “Steve McQueen” was my favorite out-of-left-field song choice in weeks. The bad news? The verses were pitched too low for Cassadee, and sent her back to the corner of Flat and Inaudible where she’d been hanging out for the early part of the Voice season. The bonus bad news? An on-stage motorcycle and vintage car, plus the use of checkered-flag graphics, added a stiff literalness to the proceedings. I did enjoy when Cassadee’s voice opened up on the chorus, and I didn’t even mind her spoken-word shenanigans into a megaphone, but the end product was hammy enough that there’ll be enough leftovers for Cassadee and Blake’s Christmas dinner tables. Grade: B-

Terry McDermott: Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” | It can’t be easy keeping time with the music when glowstick-wielding swaybots are rocking out of sync with each other, with the beat of the song, with everything that is good and righteous about music in the first place. Yet somehow, staring into the face of crippling unmusicality, Terry persevered in giving us a solid encore presentation of a classic 1984 power ballad. The Scotsman went with slightly more elaborate sets this time around — the Serious Strings Section was positioned around cream-colored lit-up towers, the kind you might expect Bonnie Tyler to emerge from out behind while you’re watching VH1 Classic — but the arrangement remained sparse and haunting. This was hands-down Terry’s best of the night, although if I’m being honest, I’d have preferred a repeat of “Maybe I’m Amazed.” I have to ask, though, what was the deal with Xtina’s wacky critique? “How many songs have you sung today? It’s, like, a lot!” she yapped, while praising Terry’s work ethic and ability to perform while he’s tired. Was the “Dirrty” singer implying Terry put in more effort than Cassadee and Nicholas? Or was it a subtle dig that the mullet-y rocker was less energetic than usual? I guess we should just be glad she didn’t find a way to work in another plug for Lotus — now available in stores and on iTunes. Grade: B

Nicholas David (with Cee Lo Green): Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music” | I’m not going to lie: I wasn’t 100% sure how I felt about this performance as it happened, nor do I have much more clarity having had a couple hours to think on it. I mean, if you didn’t see it with your own eyes, you’d just assume that the song choice and staging — a pair of second-rate aerialists lazily posing out-of-sync on giant ceiling rings, Cee Lo in sequined zebra-print Capri-length jumpsuit, and a child dancer dressed up to look like Mr. Green’s “mini me” — were comically awful. And, yeah, I guess they kind of were. But Nicholas put some serious stank into his vocal, working overtime to make the song land on the “pleasure” side of the “guilty pleasure” spectrum. Plus, as bizarre as the entire spectacle was, I can’t deny that it was also really entertaining. Grade: B

Cassadee Pope: Faith Hill’s “Cry” | “Cry” is the overstuffed deli sandwich of country power ballads: With its low, delicate verse, and high, blasting chorus, there aren’t many folks who can bite into it without a little bit of mess and strain. And to be fair, the opening bars of Cassadee’s rendition disappeared like breadcrumbs in a dishwasher. But after that inauspicious start, girlfriend emerged from the lovely archway of autumn leaves Blake probably hand-constructed for her and really hit her stride vocally, infusing an undeniably great song with foot-stomping, risk-taking, deeply felt passion. (Verse two, btw, was completely on pitch.) This may not have been Cassadee’s most perfect vocal, but it was definitely her most committed. And it certainly felt like the night’s strongest get-out-the-vote salvo — so much so that I put my money where my vote was and downloaded it on iTunes. Grade: A-

Oh, and I’d be remiss if I failed to note that the show-opening performance of “Hallelujah” by the Voice coaches and contestants — done in tribute to the victims of last Friday’s horrific school shooting in Connecticut — was subtle, haunting and downright beautiful. I know I nitpick about the show’s coaches and voting patterns and song choices and everything, but there’s really no questioning its remarkably consistent tastefulness. Well-played!

With that, I turn things over to you. Who should win Season 3 of The Voice? Who actually will take the crown? Take our polls below, sound off in the comments, and for all my reality TV recaps, commentary and interviews, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. Elena says:

    I think Cassadee will win just like everyone expects her to. The other two guys would have had to do something really dramatic/out of the box to take it away, and I didn’t really see them do that. I did think that both Terry and Nicholas sang well as always, though.

    Sidenote: My favorite moment of the night was Terry’s little boy imitating Blake’s indulgent finger pointing:)

    • LindaD says:

      Seems I’m in the minority. I’m not a Cassadee Pope fan. Yes, she has a big voice, but to me she sounds off key and I’ve yet to be able to sit through a full song without having to fast forward. I really like Terry and Nicholas. I’m thinking that Nicholas will be the big winner.

      • Rain says:

        I’d rather be in the minority on this one, I don’t know how anyone liked Cassadee’s singing.

        • Moe says:

          I agree her voice is horrible. I have not clue how she won. With her little girl voice that just yells or sometimes has an obnoxious amount of vibrato.

      • Marianne says:

        I suspect that simply because someone (Elena) states that Cassadee “will win just like everyone expects her to.” – doesn’t mean that someone (Elena) is a Cassadee Pope fan. I may be wrong, but that’s how I read this. Elena – please correct me if I’m wrong.

        • Elena says:

          You’re exactly right, and thank you for pointing that out. I’m not a “Cassadee fan”, but that doesn’t change the fact that she is most likely going to win since the result will be based on a cumulative iTunes total, and she’s consistently had singles that place high on the iTunes chart. I might like Terry and Nicholas better, but they aren’t going to win. I’m just stating the facts, not trying to sing Cassadee’s praises. Personally she does nothing for me, but she does seem to appeal to a lot of others. So therefore, she will probably win.

      • Name That Tune says:

        Amen to that, sister. The only performances I truly enjoyed came from Nicholas and that one duet with Terry, Blake and Adam. Cassadee was under pitch and couldn’t understand half of the lyrics she sang. Don’t understand all the hype.

      • CM says:

        I agree. I love my FF button.

      • PaulaO says:

        I agree may the best man win!

      • shelbybb says:

        I’m with you! I think Nicholas and Terry are so different and unique and VERY talented! I’ll follow their career no matter what happens in this contest.
        Congratulations The Voice! You had such talented contestants and produced a happy uplifting, entertaining show!

    • tomitweets says:

      The talent is deep. I am not a Cassadee fan either. Great voice. Generic. Nothing sets her apart from the current pop cadre. Hopefully she will go to country. I love Nick for being grass roots and soulful. I love Terry for not abandoning what music is missing…classic rock in the top. I voted for the men, but it won’t help.

    • TheBeach says:

      I have to wonder if it is physically/genetically impossible for Cassadee to hit her big glory notes unless her arm is extended above her head.

  2. Billy says:

    Ummmmm….you didn’t put a De’borah or Amanda Brown selection on the who should win poll…I’m guessing that was an oversight :-) us readers will forgive you

  3. dani says:

    You are so far off with Nick. He has the most authentic voice in this show Michael. I’ve never been divided from you in all the years we’ve been viewing these singing competitions until this season. And as far as The X-Factor I watched the preliminary auditions and then they lost me- what a dreadful show.

    • David says:

      Completely agree with you! Nicholas deserved an A for “Great Balls of Fire/Fire”. I also though he had the best duet. The only concession I will give Cassadee was the reprise of “Over You”. Terry had second place locked up. That said, Cassadee will probably win anyway..

      • shelbybb says:

        Nicholas is beyond amazing, soulful singer. “THE REAL THANG!” Terry is a close second!

        • ruth palmer says:

          I felt as if Nicholas should have won. Seem as if Cassiday Was fixed to Win. Nicholas had the Soul, Swag, all wrapped n one. Even though he was Cheated out of his Win. Someone Should pick him Up. Hé s an Excellent singer. Some Record Co. Should sign him up Immediately. Like May b Celo Green, r even Adam. Hé s a Keeper should not b let go.

  4. Aria says:

    NBC solidified Cassadee’s win via performance placement- has she ever NOT been the last or second to last singer after Top 20 week?

    • JM says:

      I noticed that too!

    • Liz says:

      After the first round of performances, I thought they were going to switch up the order for the second round and they didn’t. Buuuut they did for the third round?? Ugh – not necessary NBC

    • Moe says:

      I noticed that as well and on last nights show they let her do all her songs last and on the finale they let her sing more songs then the guys which just confirmed that she won before they even announced it. I am disappointed in this season it was clearly not about the voice. The judges need to regain some of their power in voting for people towards the end because if the still did that she would not have won.

  5. Lana says:

    I’m a Nicholas fan, but I know Cassadee is going to win.

    I loved the opening of the show tonight. Very simple, classy and respectful. Well done.

  6. Ed says:

    I don’t think there’s any doubt that Cassadee will win. She is the only one that is really marketable, anyway, and the show REALLY needs a winner who is a commercial success. I LOVE Nick and I do believe that he will be a successful niche artist, but I’m not sure about Terry; I just found him one-dimensional and boring. But I wish the best to both of them. :-)

    • DL says:

      I like Terry, but I agree 100% with everything else you said. Cassadee will sell records. The other two, probably not as much. Though I’d be happy to lay out the bucks for Nick’s album. I also feel like he’s someone who could do great in Vegas.

    • Blair says:

      I agree. As a fan of this show I want them to have a successful winner for once. Although I personally am not a fan, it seems like Cassadee could sell records… she’s done extremely well on iTunes and all. I wouldn’t mind her winning at this point.

      • Barbara Martinez says:

        I know that Cassadee will win because her voice is so diverse to any music lover. She can sing Counrty, Rock, Pop, and any other songs out there. She will win! I bet money on it.

        • herdya3t says:

          I think Cassadee is diverse, but it is not because of her voice… I mean, her voice sounds exactly the same on everything she does. Both she and Terry have this really annoying nasally whine which, to me, is sorta like fingernails on chalkboard. Cassadee is diverse because she is willing to tackle songs out of her “comfort zone” and it has paid off big for her, in the hands of a capable Blake Shelton.

          • Marianne says:

            Thank you. Last night I was thinking (and tweeted) that for me those two have similar vocal qualities – just a female / male version. I agree that both of their voices can often be grating on my ears. I think Terry has always seemed very karaoke and I don’t think he will bring back 80’s rock. Not a chance. Nicholas has been my favorite since the top 10.

          • veronica says:

            Thank you SO much for saying that Cassadee and Terry are annoying. I keep thinking that perhaps I’m missing something that everyone else is hearing (i.e., how great they both are)! All I hear is major “pitchiness” and flatness, and very weak “end notes” as far as Cassadee is concerned. She’s so generic and unoriginal IMHO. I, personally, think that Nicholas should win.

        • Ashley says:

          She’ll probably win, and she’ll make money for a while, but I can’t call her diverse. And yes, I am a music lover. I listen to everything from pop to country to hip hop to neo-soul to salsa y tropical.

    • Name That Tune says:

      Except she’s really not marketable. At best, she’s a faded, washed out version of Carrie Underwood. Nothing really remarkable about her and we’ve seen it all before.

      But Nicholas? He’s the one with the real talent. IF she wins, it’s because the country voters took over this show, too.

  7. DL says:

    Not sure why there’s such snarkiness about visiting and discussing the contestants’ families. Pretty standard at this point in the competition. Same on Idol. Heck, same on Project Runway! So let’s just relax, shall we? :)

  8. Bytess says:

    Okay..okay…Amanda has a versatile good voice,,she could crossover genre and sometimes it posts as a problem..there is something off with her. I guess looking like beyonce hinders her. When she sings rock, she side glance or stomp the stage so much like beyonce it doesnt feel the song is rock anymore

    • DL says:

      I think the issue with her is that there’s a little bit of aloofness. She doesn’t come off warm and fuzzy like many of the other finalists. I doubt it’s intentional on her part. Probably just anxiety. I’ve dealt with anxiety and friends of mine told me they thought I was aloof before they got to know me. Really I just was too self-conscious to connect with people, but it came off like I was ignoring them or thought I was better than them. Not saying Amanda necessarily came off like that, but I definitely felt like there was more distance between her and the audience than with many of the other performers.

      • TheBeach says:

        I think you hit the nail on the head. While her perceived aloofness never bothered me (and I think she should have won), I was afraid that it might be viewed negatively by the voting public.

  9. pete says:

    bitter much Michael? this column has gotten worse every week, its filled with so much bitterness and hate, being snarky is okay, but this is bit much, act like a pro, dont be a baby and shut down once your faves lose. I’d be ashamed of this Michael if i ran this site

    • Davey says:

      He gave Cassadee A’s, what more to you want? I would have given her C’s.

    • Lyria says:

      Um, it’s never been an impartial reporting site, so I’m not sure why his professionalism is being questioned. He’s allowed to have an opinion too. If you don’t like his writing, don’t read the column.

      • shelbybb says:

        Come on Lyria! The old “if you don’t like it then don’t read it” thing is in itself – old! Michael has always been partical to the few people he likes, nothing new there. That’s why I came here tonight and not weeks ago.
        Nicholas is by far the best on the show!

        • Lyria says:

          That’s exactly what I’m saying. Everyone has their favorites, so why question someone’s “professionalism?” I know telling someone to not read it is just as trite, but as someone who works as an editor for a living, I guess it was really annoying for me to see someone confusing a writer having an opinion with one lacking professionalism. I like Nicholas too. I don’t think he’ll win, but I will be ecstatic if he does.

    • Ron says:

      And more Xtina hate. She wasn’t making it about herself, she was clearly saying dude you are done after that performance but its ok, you still have a chance at a career.

  10. kcostell says:

    Cassadee’s win was confirmed when they magically changed the rules during the semifinal week to make sure there were two older throwback guys to split votes with each other instead of having only 2 singers in the finale as was originally planned.

    I guess her iTunes sales were lagging a bit, so they needed a bit of insurance.

    • Percysowner says:

      I actually think they changed the rule so that at least 2 judges would have someone in the finale. Otherwise it was looking to be an all Blake final two.

      • Spycigal says:

        Yep I think so too… A Final 2 would’ve been Cassadee & Terry, and I believe they will be Top 2 tomorrow with Cassadee for the win!

      • dan says:

        I agree completely that there is a final three b/c otherwise the two finalists would’ve been from Team Blake.

    • Angela says:

      “I guess her iTunes sales were lagging a bit, so they needed a bit of insurance”

      Yes, being in the top 10 EVERY WEEK since “Over You” (which was #1 for 3 days I think) is ‘lagging’. No one else was ever close to her in iTunes sales.

      This is the first season I watched the show so I didn’t know there were ever not 3 people in the finale. That being said, I can see them doing 3 so it wouldn’t be a Team Blake finale like others said. :)

  11. Nancy says:

    Okay, who thought it was a good idea to put the notoriously sweaty soul singer on a stage filled with fire (including on the piano two feet from his face?) I mean, at least tie the dude’s hair back or put him in a lighter weight blazer…

  12. HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

    I think you kinda under-graded St. Nick there a bit….

    • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

      He has always gotten a lot more votes than the power rankings put up on the site predict too. He does have talent and a great tone.

  13. HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

    Hah loved when they paired Nicholas up with a Cello and a violin on stage on his last number. That violin could dance.

    • veronica says:

      This is totally irrelevant, but does anyone know what Nicholas’ wife’s name is? The only thing he ever says is “my gal…” I think the whole show is rigged….I mean, how can anyone in their right mind think that Cassadee Pope’s voice is better than Amanda Brown? Puh-leeeeeeeez!

  14. D says:

    Going by the history of The Voice I’d say Nick or Terry will win America loves them a good family man. However I think Cassadee should win. I still think it was stupid that they changed the rules to having 3 finalist instead of the traditional 4. It would have been over last week if they kept it the original way.

  15. HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

    I think Cassadee would have had to had utterly bombed and someone else had their all-time ultimate night for her to lose so I’d be super duper shocked if she doesn’t win. She had a good night.
    It did feel like Amanda was missing for sure, although it’s not a bad three.
    Don’t think Terry had the sort of night he needed to win it all (which would have needed a super uber best night plus a miracle I think with all those 10x bonus tunes for Cassadee).
    Nicholas seemed more fully on but I don’t see it happening at all either, Cassadee would have had to have a really shaky night, if not worse, I think with all those 10x bonuses and she had another very good week (she has improved in so many ways since the start, from a somewhat pitchy, chipmunk-toned, not super connecting singer to a legit enough (ignoring Amanda) winner with a much improved tone/pitch/and solid emotional connection, which is quite the trail traveled. And she also sang last for the 30th week in a row haha which never hurts (although does her going last so much imply the voting is closer than we think?).

    • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

      Taking the entire season into account, I think Nicholas gets the highest overall grade of the finalists, not that it works that way.

    • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

      Actually since Broken Wings is the song that counts for votes for Terry and that was the one where something was going off I think he has zero chance although hmm it is at #16 close to #10). Nicholas doesn’t seem to have a shot at top ten itunes so yeah Cassadee absolutely utterly 100% beyond 100% to infinity and beyond has this title wrapped in a nice red Christmas bow. Congrats to her.

  16. Jamey says:

    HORRIBLE HORRIBLE SHOW – these three are just average….

  17. Davey says:

    Who deserves to win the Voice?
    None of the above.
    That last dress Cassadee wore was pathetic, ridiculous, awful.

    My only solace is that we will hear Amanda, Dez, Cody tomorrow night. Please.

  18. Davey says:

    Well here’s one person who won’t buy anything Cassadee records. She is so bland.

    • GMom100 says:

      I agree! Cassadee will probably win, but I sure wouldn’t buy her “record.”. She sings LOUD, but her voice isn’t very good. With the exception of Kelly Clarkson, most of the current pop singers sound pretty much alike. I didn’t like the songs she sang either.

    • Rain says:

      I don’t get the Cassadee love I’m reading on here, I agree with you, she’s so bland. She’s a poor copy cat of every other female pop singer out there. I’m going to be so disappointed tomorrow night.

    • Angela says:

      Why are “female pop singers” always considered the norm and bland to some? I’m honestly curious. She sounds nothing like the current pop female contingent (Taylor Swift – sorry she’s NOT country anymore, Carly Rae Jepson, Ke$ha, P!nk). With the exception of P!nk, perhaps, they have a similar power but different style. People always say Cassadee is ‘just like every other’ when I personally can’t see anything to back that up and I’m wondering what I’m missing!

  19. Pina says:

    I think Nicholas is the most memorable artist. Terry is almost boring in that his sound is what we expect from the songs he sings. I feel the same about Cassadee. They both have amazing voices, but they don’t interject their own sound into their songs. For these two, one performance blends into the next.

    Nicholas, however, does this in each and every performance. There is nothing mainstream about him or his voice. That, to me, is what makes him the winner.

    • erin says:

      I was completely with you until you said that Terry and Cassadee have “amazing voices.” Ugh. Again, my TV must be distorting the sound because I find both of them painful to listen to, and there’s nothing wrong with my ears.

  20. Julio says:

    Three words: Cumulative iTunes downloads. Cassadee’s lead is virtually insurmountable.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      I agree. The show wants the record contract to go to someone that can actually sell music. Imagine that. That’s the entire reason this rule came about.

      • Mila says:

        That is my thought exactly… They want someone who sells and, unfortunately for me, bcause I dont like her at all, Cassadee is the one selling every week. I follow Blake on twitter and every time his team is number 1 and 2, so what else…. just check the list and you will know the winner in the exact same order… It’s a shame because I loved the old format.

  21. brandon69 says:

    This show has been soooo disappointing! I was hoping things would work out better here than on american idol for me- adam lambert, crystal bowersox, haley reinhart all were my faves and they lost. Yet when i switch to the voice- I liked Amanda and she did not even make top 4!!! Can’t see what is so special about c-pope- just bland, marginally talented..

  22. Daisy Melendez says:

    I hope Nicholas David wins he is a great singer I love his voice he can really sing and he is a family men make your kids and wife happy let him win I wish I could meet him and his family I really enjoying seeing how happy family should be when I se him with his family I will be his number one fan if he was to gets the chance to win

  23. Vince says:

    Cassadee dope is a cookie cutter, pop, boring singer. Avril Lavigne?!?! Please dont vote for her, she’s so boring, and not original. So typical! Boredom. Please dont vote for her. Nuf said.

  24. Danny says:

    I thought they all did pretty well. There was nothing the blew my mind, but nothing that I thought was brutal either. Basically they were just decent performances. I’d vote for Nick to win, but think Cassadee is going to take it down.

    Whoever wins, I like this voting process the best. Yea, my favorites are long gone, but I can accept that they didn’t sell as much as the current finalists. Maybe they can fine tune the 10X part of the I-tunes sales, but overall I think they’ve got the right 3 finalists.

    People tend to gripe more when their favorite doesn’t win than they celebrate when their favorite actually does. I’m included in that group too, so I’m not dogging anyone. It’s just human nature to shout out more at a perceived injustace than shout out over something that ya think has been done correctly.

    In other words, people rooting for Amanda (like me), Deborah (like me), Nelly’s Echo (like me) are going to generally make more noise than people who root for Cassadee, Nick, & Terry, who think their contestant should be there. In this case though, because of the voting process being fair, I think that even though they’re not my personal 3 favorites, I think the right 3 are in it.

  25. Vince says:

    Why does she always raise her arm up like shes praising the lord? Hallebooya, boring, mundane, typical, go make music with brittany spears, pop music always wins the quantity, not the quality.

  26. Jacob says:

    I wonder who the author of this article wants to win… I can’t tell…

  27. Margaret says:

    I thought the opening of the show, was beautifully simple & poignant, wow.

  28. Lois Benton says:

    I couldn’t argue with any of these three winning. None were my favorite after the blind auditions, but they have all proved consistent, even if I’m not a fan of Cassadee’s style. (She sounds much better as a country singer than a rocker, but I don’t like country and she’s no Gracia Harrison.) Still, Cassadee and Terry had a few little pitch problems, and Nicholas, none. I know the show is called “The Voice”, not “The Perfect Pitch,” but still. The best performance was probably Terry’s “Broken Wings,” pitch problems and all, followed by “I know What Love is,” which I didn’t even like the first go round. But Nicholas’ medley was really fine and I just love him and his voice. The worst, no contest at all on this, was the Cassadee/Blake duo. She was out of her range, apparently, and consequently seeming not right on pitch for much of the performance; Blake was pretty good, though. The strangest was (duh) the Nicholas/Cee Lo duet; that was, in fact, one of the strangest things I’ve seen on TV. Yet, I voted for NIcholas; I just totally love his voice and his musicality. I’d buy his album for sure. But Terry has an amazing voice. And Cassadee has a fine, country-singer kind of voice. And she’s a lady. So, it’s all good.

  29. ES says:

    Cassadee will win. No question. Done. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs their head examined – girlfriend, deservedly or not, has been on top of the iTunes charts every single week. I wanted a female winner this season, and I got it – I just wish it’d been Amanda Brown. Or Michaela, or Sylvia, or De’Borah, or Nicole Nelson, or WTH, let’s go all the way back to the blinds and add in Yolanda Barber.

  30. MrTemecula says:

    I had a good time tonight. Oh, I guess Cassadee will win it. She’s good. She has a distinctive voice and she’s entertaining. I laugh when she always ‘squees’ after she was safe. It was so human.

    Mini-Cee Lo killed tonight. Perfect song choice among a lot of crappy ones Cee Lo picked this year. Somebody else must have suggested that one.

  31. Gale says:

    Cassadee deserves to win, but not because of her last song, which was weak. Nicholas sounds good but his stage moves look so awkward. Terry’s got the notes down, but there isn’t much interpretation of the lyrics. he actually has more facial expressions when he doesn’t sing.

  32. Felicia says:

    Cassadee will win because the demographic fan base for the other two guys is smaller than Cassadee.If the voice follows the same elimination system as the American idol, Cassadee will definitely become the top 2 for the final but will become a runner up in the end. This is because the votes for the eliminated top 3 will go to other guy and help him to win the voice. Remember the year that Kris Allen beat the incredible Adam Lambert? So Cassadee sure wins.

  33. HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

    ” it too often felt like he was straining to be a raucous hepcat when he’s really more of a gentle barn tabby. The team of go-go dancers, the flaming piano, and Nicholas’ own stilted karate kicks at the end of the performance played into the vibe that the bearded hippie was trying it all on for size — and that the fit was somewhat lacking. I mean, can you really imagine Nicholas repeating this kind of performance in his actual post-Voice career?”

    There is a lot more to him than has mostly been shown. On some other blogs that was actually given praise. I often agree with this blog, but I must part ways a bit. THe above seems kinda harsh and not letting him be.

  34. Scott says:

    The opening song WINS The Voice!!! Hallelujah!!! Thank you for that beautiful tribute for those gone way to soon……

  35. HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

    Heart-breaking and touching opening.

  36. Rick says:

    Nice recap title… shes #1 again an Over You is back at #6

    • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

      I see that Terry moved up into 10x bonus again. But I’m not sure if he had much of that early on in the season though.

  37. respect says:

    The opening moments of this episode were very moving, classy and respectful. Even my 5-year old was moved to tears. Nice job Voice! Unfortunately, I was disappointed that Blake felt the need to tie-in these tragic events to Cassadee re- singing (reprise) of he & Miranda’s song (albeit appropriate), it felt like a vote-getting, tug-on-the-heart-strings ploy instead of heart felt…

  38. Davey says:

    Terry has tons of says in Rock iTunes. Who is voting for him and Cassadee? Where are they getting all the dough?

  39. Davey says:

    Save me from an album of old 80s rock or screaming Country.

  40. Me says:

    I will not be surprised at all if Cassadee wins. I will be VERY disappointed if she does, but not surprised at all. Her voice is annoying. There’s no way I would ever buy music sung by her. Her voice on Cry was soooo weak and thin when compared to Faith Hill singing it. She’s just not my cup of tea. There was maybe one or two performances that I liked but the rest were meh.

    GO TERRY!!!!!!! The music that he already has on iTunes plus his singles from The Voice are MUCH more my style and what I would actually buy and listen to. The music by his band Driveblind is AWESOME. So I say again GO TERRY!!!!! And I hope if Terry doesn’t win, that Nicholas does.

  41. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    I hope Nicholas wins. That’s pretty much sums it up for me.

  42. Suzy Quinn says:

    I, too, would like to see Nicholas win, for his incredible voice and tone and heart, that comes across every time. He has the voice I’d most enjoy continuing to listen to, the only one I can say that about in the finals. Next, for me is Terry, who does have an incredible range and does justice, earlier in the season, anyway, to some great classic rock numbers. However, I never could sense any real emotion in his singing and so he never won me over. He just doesn’t convey real passion and emotion. Even when they made a big deal of first surprising him with his wife’s appearance, which was portrayed by Carson as them “making out,” all he managed was a peck and not one real kiss!

    As for Cassidy, as much as I could wish her well and she seems, finally, to me now,a sweet girl (I originally took her for an unpleasant diva), I have to say I have never been able to stomach her singing and pop style nor understand, without distaste, her popularity. I find it disturbing to have itunes ruin our democratic voting and put her in the lead…Frankly, all season I never sensed, most of the time, a real genuine emotion in her singing. That’s grown, but I still fast forward through her numbers, every time and can’t take them. Then again, I loathe that cookie-cutter style of pop.

    Trevor has so much talent and an amazing voice but terrible song choices..he should have been in the finale. Amanda, too, grew pretty amazing, though I only loved her lower register and found her too shrill when she sang the higher notes.

    I think Terry comes across as bored and emotionless, but has a beautiful voice and range, though I wish he’d get breathing lessons and some help enunciating more clearly and not losing the words at the end of each line, though he should keep that sexy accent. I loved some of his best-to-me rock numbers.

    For me, Nicholas sounds like someone no one ever mentioned – Boz Scaggs, and brings heart and genuine, sincere, down-to-earth qualities and a beautiful voice that make me wish against all odds he would win. He had my only votes last night.

    • apathyisstillmyname says:

      I’m unsure how iTunes “ruins our democratic voting.” iTunes defines by generated sells which artist has the most potential for a career rather than a footnote in the trivia of reality competitions. I wish Idol and X Factor released such data– it might make more sense of some of the past winners.

      • Rain says:

        My problem with iTunes counting is that the songs aren’t available on other music download sites like Amazon and Zune. I personally would love to purchase a number of the songs from the show but I refuse to be forced to give money to Apple for anything!

      • Lexie says:

        The iTunes rule makes some people’s votes count more than others. The magical “Top 10” multiplies one’s votes by ten – why is that the cut-off? If one pesron’s song gets to #10 and one gets to #11, the #10 gets a huge boost, making each purchase for that song worth ten votes, while each purchase for #11 is only worth 1. Make all purchases worth ten votes- if someone spent $1.29 on it, they shouldn’t only be rewarded by a Top Ten finish, as that seems like a completely arbitrary cut-off.

  43. Slim says:

    How can a song about love and sex [Hallelujah] be used as a tribute to the Ct. shooting victims? That makes zero sense.

    • simon fuller's accountant says:

      If you had paid attention (unless you’re reading the awful review from,) the verses used in the tribute had nothing to do with the basic theme of Leonard Cohen’s song. These verses could be used without trumpeting the David and Bathsheba storyline intertwined throughout the original song. By the way, most of us were paying so much attention to the names that the lyrics weren’t even heard– I had to go back and replay it to find out what some folks thought they were complaining about.

  44. Liaa says:

    It will be a sham if Cassadee doesn’t win. all three of them deserved (i kinda wished Amanda was still in it though) to be in the finale but Cassadee was the only one who performed like she really wants to win it all. Not saying the guys didn’t but they did not up their game in my opinion. Cassadee will sell records & she will be successful.

    • davey says:

      Cassadee was the only one who performed like she really want to win it all? Where is the proof?

      Her ridiculous dress in her second song?

  45. Me says:

    “On paper, it made sense for Terry to enlist cheeky Blake Shelton in covering Aerosmith’s winking gender-bending ditty.”

    Terry didn’t “enlist” Blake. They ALWAYS do a performance with their coach on the finale. For this one, I thought Blake was horrible, he sounded like he was straining to reach the notes, which is true because his voice is just average. It would have been better if the performance was just Terry singing with Adam on guitar.

    You never have anything good to say about Terry. People that can’t judge a performance fairly because it’s not their favourite contestant, shouldn’t be reviewing it and giving it a grade. Just do a blog about your favourite contestants and that’s that.

    • vincent dante says:

      I thought Michael was more than fair. Terry had a rough night last night. I think this is reflected in iTunes this morning– evidently others heard the same problem.

      • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

        I agree that he seemed a bit off in Broken Wings and not as pumped and enthused during his last song to quite really bring it, oddly he seemed to get re-energized after Xtina said they have been through an exhausting process I guess he was total beat by that point and hearing it acknowledged sort of gave him energy in a sense, but I was surprised to see it said that Blake outshone him in the duet when Terry clearly seemed to have the better voice and stage presence than Blake for that particular song.

    • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

      Yeah I thought Terry sounded clearly better, maybe not perfectly amazing or anything, but he did seem to be able to handle it better than Blake who didn’t really have the sort of voice to mesh with the song well, although near the end he did manage to bring it once. Blake’s voice isn’t bad on stuff that fits it and he doesn’t seem to need any auto-tuning.
      I did think it a bit odd to use this to call Terry out as weak when it seemed to me that he outdid his coach.

  46. dj says:

    While it will be refreshing to see a woman win one of these shows, I still wish it was going to be Amanda or De’Borah. That said, last night Casadee outsang the boys. She deserves the win.

  47. Yo' says:

    I must be the only person in America who loved Nicholas David’s Jerry Lee Lewis. Hokey, yeah, but after one of the saddest weekends I have spent in a long time, I needed that. Thanks, Nicholas, sometimes merriment is good expression of soul!

  48. Michele Perez says:

    The Voice is such a disappointing show. They have never picked the “star” acts to win. These 3 contestants are all flawed and none have star potential. Why do none of the judges call Terry out on his consistently out of tune singing? He screams so loud that he loses his voice halfway through. Cassadee is ordinary. Nowhere near a Carrie Undeewood talent. The real talent Amanda Brown was voted off. I don’t get this show at all. Maybe they will change their format when they realize that none of the winners have major careers.

  49. jbkr73 says:

    Singers like Cassadee Pope are a dime a dozen. Both men are better overall performers, but since she’s the best looking, she’ll probably win.

  50. asherlev1 says:

    Write-in vote for Amanda Brown! Only one who made it to the finals that I REALLY cared about. DDD: