The Voice recap

The Voice Performance Finale Recap: Girl, You'll Be a Winner Soon?

One thing’s pretty certain following The Voice Season 10 performance finale: The song I’m most excited about downloading will probably rank last in iTunes at the end of voting (noon ET on Tuesday).

What’s far, far fuzzier is whether the contestant with the strongest overall body of work/most impressive trio of Monday night performances — incidentally, not the artist whose song I’ll download first — can stand at the eye of the Coaching Popularity Hurricane (which is located at the edge of the Growth Arc Volcanic Precipice) (which can be found at the Song-Choice Downloadability Fault Line) and still take home the whole enchilada.

The song in question is Hannah Huston’s electric, electrifying funk-pop jam “I Call the Shots,” a ditty she penned with Pharrell Williams that sounds like the kind of mainstream, Billboard-topping smash the likes of which no Voice finalist has ever been gifted (not during his/her time on the show, anyhow) but is in no way a great vocal showcase.

Perhaps Pharrell should spend $1.29 and drop it in his pal Beyoncé’s inbox. After all, as she points out in “Formation,” she might just get your song played on the radio station. (No, I can’t/won’t apologize for bringing the conversation back to Bey for the 774th time this month.)

Still, keeping it really really rlly rrrll — ugh, sorry, I spend too much time on Twitter — Season 10 belongs to Alisan Porter. Or at least it should.

Will folks fire up their iPhones and download her exquisite rendition of Broadway’s “Somewhere”? Will they find it in their hearts to vote for the sole remaining contestant coached by the show’s least warm and fuzzy (but also least cloying/phony) panelist? Will the Power of Blake compel fans to reward the country dude with a tone as good and tingly as Ben Gay on a fatigued muscle (but whose charisma/enunciation still need work)?

We’ll know in a little more than 24 hours. ‘Til then, allow me to present my grades for all three rounds of competition (they’re listed chronologically in the poll below — should you want to know who got the Pimp Slot)!

Hannah Huston — The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” — Grade: B- | “10 Points to Hufflepuff!” for Hannah’s decision to take a big risk in rearranging The Police’s ode to obsessive/unrequited love. (Honestly, this show is in desperate need of rule-breakers — and not just in the “wacky performance-art backdrop” category!) Unfortunately, the Nebraska pre-school teacher delivered the tune with an overabundance of tremulous vibrato, and her peculiar melodic choices strained the seams of the song’s earwormy hook. To make matters worse, the decision to have Hannah perched atop a high staircase — while clad in a floor-length red gown — left her in need of a male escort to lead her to safety on the main stage midway through the performance. How producers thought this distracting bit of staging would result in votes for Hannah… oh wait, I forgot, they’ve never been particularly interested in an arc where the Season 10 dark horse actually pulls off the upset, have they?

Laith Al-Saadi — Cream’s “White Room” — Grade: A- | Could Laith’s lower register have resonated more powerfully? Yes, for sure. But on a night with few uptempo ditties from which to choose, this straight-up-the-middle slice of classic rock provided some much-needed variety, not to mention a psychedellic-funky joy emanating off the guy who kept getting “it’s an honor that you even made the finale” speeches from the coaches.

Adam Wakefield — Vince Gill’s “When I Call Your Name” — Grade: B | On paper, Adam’s final performance of the night should’ve been as easy as Blake making fun of Adam’s hair color. Unfortunately, his “toddler with three bites of unswallowed broccoli in his mouth” enunciation rendered almost unintelligible most of the first verse and a number of other words and phrases. Dude’s gorgeous, rumbly country-soul tone saved this from being a disaster, but all I could think of during the refrain — “Nobody answers, when I call your name” — was that the lady in the lyrics might not have been able to decipher that she was being beckoned in the first place!

Alisan Porter — “Somewhere” (from West Side Story) — Grade: A | Earlier in the night, Adam seemed to subtly dog Alisan for having “the voice” — but perhaps falling short on other qualities important to voters. (Oooh, the death stare from Christina could actually be bottled by the CIA and used to silently neutralize terrorist threats!) The thing is, though, Alisan’s achingly nuanced intro, elegant build and explosive conclusion showcased not only the power of her pipes and her pitch perfection, but her ability to tell a story, too. The way she captured the romanticism and wistfulness and regret of the lyric, the way she took her time with her phrasing, the way she pressed down (without ever slamming down) on the pedal at the peak… whether or not her style fits your iPod is up for debate, but Alisan’s vocal mastery cannot be questioned.

Permission to review the duets in a Twitter-esque 140 characters or less? (C’mon, nobody really wants to talk about duets, right?!)

Hannah Huston and Pharrell Williams — “Brand New” — Grade: B | Pharrell’s vocals on this dance track were wobblier than a dive-bar table, but Hannah’s lilting high notes & creative riffs proved infectious.

Laith Al-Saadi and Adam Levine — Beatles’ Abbey Road medley — Grade: B+ | Medleys are lukewarm chicken broth for the music lover’s soul, but Laith/Adam’s jam session & gritty vocals made this one surprisingly hot.

Adam Wakefield and Blake Shelton — Hank Williams Jr.’s “The Conversation” — Grade: B- | Pitch-wise this was decent, but the energy was a little too “Shakira critiquing from the red chair after all her contestants have been axed.”

Alisan Porter & Christina Aguilera — Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend” — Grade: B+ | Elegance (and calculated girl power) were on the menu, but wouldn’t something raucous/uptempo (#SistersAreDoinIt4Themselves?) have been more fun?

Hannah Huston — “I Call the Shots” — Grade: A+ | Not since Phillip Phillips’ “Home” on Idol has a reality singing competition delivered a potential winner’s anthem this radio-ready. The way Hannah strutted the stage, wrapped her textured voice around the slinky verses, snarled out the staccato bridge, repeatedly changed up the riffs on the chanting refrain, and brought kicky joy to those little “Whoos!”… well, let’s just say I’m a believer in this quirky, still-gaining-her-confidence pop diva. (Hey, NBC, how about using “I Call the Shots” in your summer Olympics promos?!) She may not (OK, definitely won’t) inherit Jordan Smith’s crown and sash, but here’s hoping Pharrell keeps her under his wing.

Laith Al-Saadi — “Morning Light” — Grade: B | I still can’t believe Adam played up the idea that Laith’s an “acquired taste” — what? because of his beard?! — but I’m not sure the bluesman’s romantic midtempo ditty, with its absence of big, emotional moments, was a strong enough final impression to reposition the guy who needed last week’s Twitter Save.

Adam Wakefield — “Lonesome, Broken and Blue” — Grade: A- | Seconds after Adam finished his original track, I took to Twitter and predicted he’d wind up at No. 1 on iTunes come Tuesday. Like Blake noted, the lyrics on the first verse alone — comparing the sensation of an ill-fated love to the experience of staring into the sun — are pretty breathtaking. And the melody gave Adam a chance to show two all-important qualities sought out by reality-competition voters: his vulnerability and his sense of who he wants to be as an artist when the show is over.

Alisan Porter — “Down That Road” — Grade: A- | Alisan could’ve easily dubbed her original track “Bless the Broken Road (Part 2),” what with its country-pop sensibilities and its lyrics about the hindsight of realizing that a dark path can be the exact road to a sense of home and inner peace. Alisan’s borderline-magical finesse with melody and lyrics — combined with the startling sight of backup singers lined up behind her with lanterns — all turned out to be considerably less cheesy than the sum of its parts (even if her sheer/floral-sequined bathing suit coverup was ill-advised for courting the viewing public).

What did you think of The Voice Season 10 performance finale? Vote for your favorite moments/contestant in our polls below, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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  1. Ron says:

    My preferred outcome is:
    Winner: Alisan (even though I truly believe Adam will win—their overhype of Alisan [sometimes intentionally with the hidden intent of damaging her chances *cough* Adam *cough*] will do her in)
    Runner-up: Adam
    3rd: Laith/Hannah
    4th: Hannah/Laith

    Alisan gave me chills all throughout the night. Loved all her performances—but I could really feel her heart in her original; it’s something I really connected to. I love Adam’s voice…A LOT! But a couple of his performances weren’t quite up to the level I know he can perform. They all raved about his original song, but truth is only the first half was amazing; the performance itself, I thought, lacked an actual connection. I’ve always admired Laith’s guitar playing—I could listen to it all day. His performances were meh overall, though. Hannah’s duet with Pharrell was a hot mess to say the least, but that might’ve been more Pharrell than Hannah if I’m being honest. Her cover was…interesting. I kinda liked the arrangement, but the song choice is questionable. (Why would you wanna make a song about a stalker even more dark???) And I appreciate that her original song had a bit of groove to it. I was definitely rockin’ my head to it. It is quite catchy. But the song itself (lyrics) and the performance really went no where at all; it seemed mostly flat (not in pitch, just lyrically and performance) from beginning to end—but maybe that was just me.

    Also, 10 seasons in and I still can’t stand Adam Levine. Sneaky, obnoxious, demanding, egotistical, self-important, yet somehow beloved…

    • Hattie says:

      I agree 100%. Adam Levine saying repeatedly that Allisan can/should win is his attempt to sabotage her. I will never understand Adam Levine’s appeal or how he is qualified to coach on The Voice when he has an awful voice. Hearing him sing live is painful.

      • Belle Ferrar says:

        Thank you Hattie for saying exactly how I feel about Adam Levine’s voice. It’s like nails on a chalkboard but whiny. I can’t stand the sound of his voice whether he’s blowing it out his arse while talking or what he calls singing.

      • John Baldino says:

        You must be tone deaf (Adam has a amazing voice) he is only preparing people for the obvious when praising AP,s talent, she won this season in the blinds and has been hers to lose since!!!!!

        • usvoter3 says:

          If she won it in the blind audition, what has been the point of even continuing the show because the others will not win? The producers should have given it to her, or if getting her a record was so important, should have spoken with other producers to get her a record instead of letting her be a contestant on The Voice. The favoritism is not right because the other contestants are working just as hard as she is, and getting a record is their dream, too.

          • John Baldino says:

            Welcome to not so real reality TV, Adam praises Blake’s kid just as much as he does AP and Hanna for that matter, I think you read way too much into the judges comments,in the end the kids who vote on their phones(probably 14-17 years old mostly) will make their choice, Adam W could win if the majority of votes come from the midwest and south but AP is a shoe in given she grew up in Connecticut and will take the East coast votes hands down!!!!!

      • Toba7 says:

        It’s fun how differently people can feel! I cannot stand Alisan-her voice or personality. Love Adam Levine especially his singing.

    • Lee says:

      1. I think Adam has a better voice than Pharrell.
      2. Tonight’s finale was a snooze fest if it wasn’t for Laith. I’m glad he got saved.
      3. I hated Alisan’s original song. It appears she’s not nearly a good songwriter as she is a singer.
      4. I liked Clark Beckham’s interpretation of Every Breath You Take 10x more than Hannah’s!
      5. I really don’t care who wins.

      • davmon says:

        1 Well yeah, Adam was great with Laith. Pharrell did H no favors on duet, but killed it producing her original. 2. Adam and Alisan were the snooze. Laith power-served all 3 times. And Hannah’s cover was rad and her orig was a knock-out! 3. Alisan’s orig was ok like Adam, but not great. 4. I love Sting, but I enjoyed what Hannah and the band did. 5. I really enjoyed Laith and Hannah last night. Usualy I have enjoyed Adam. And Alisan on her ballads and most anything until caterwaul country. But I am grateful that the show has let us enjoy people like Laith and Hanah for this long. I realize the dye is cast for Alisan or Adam. And they are generally good, so I do not begrudge…

        • Lizzie says:

          The original from Hannah was extremely boring.

          • Melanie says:

            Hannah’s original is fantastic and for once I agree with Slezak. I loved it yesterday and just listened to it again. Simple, catchy but quite powerful.
            As someone else mentioned not every song needs to be deeply introspective and leave you pondering life’s injustices. Especially not a pop song.

    • Jay says:

      The reason is because if they split up the Adam/Blake bromance, ratings will drop and viewers will start to disappear slowly and then faster. See American Idol’s Paula/Simon for proof.

    • usvoter3 says:

      I think all four were good, but I would like for Adam or Hannah to win. Producers, please don’t keep trying to get your favorites to win and manipulate the public because people who did not like Alisan will not want to purchase her music if she is the winner, and other people who are indifferent might not get her music because this kind of favoritism was not shown to the other contestants. The favoritism hurts the other contestants, could make future contestants analyze whether or not winning is possible with favorites on the teams, and if the winner has been selected, the competition was pointless and Alisan should have been given the win so the others didn’t waste their time on the shows.

      • Julia says:

        If you are saying that the producers pick the winner and not the public then that stinks. What’s the point of voting? I think the public should pick the winner since they are the ones that are buying the music. I know that its over now, but I also cant stand the “twitter save”. The public voted for a reason and if their contestant doesn’t make it in because of the “twitter save” it just doesn’t make sense to vote either. They should go by votes and not “twitter saves”.

        • usvoter3 says:

          I don’t know for a fact that the producers do. The producers just seem to want her to win, and the coaches kind of promote her.

          • Lizzie says:

            Kind of promote her? She’s been pushed as the winner the entire season. She should get some sort of prize for having to deal with Christina as her coach.

        • disgusted says:

          I know that, bottom line, everything is about money. But, why can’t they let people vote with a limited-vote 800 number and give everyone a chance to get involved. Not everyone, yet, lets twitter and YT downloads run their lives. Having an 800 number vote would get more people in various age ranges vote and up the interest level in the show.

          • disgusted says:

            Sorry! The typos should have read iTune downloads. And…800 number vote would let more people….

          • Jon says:

            Not sure I understand. Anyone who wants to vote can vote, for free, at or on The Voice’s Mac/Android app. Nobody has to download the songs on iTunes just to vote…

        • Gigi says:

          The twitter save is the worst part of voting, West coast and Mountain can’t even vote because it is already closed. Producers, please eliminate this unfair process.

  2. Zach says:

    Alisan’s voice was so controlled and beautiful tonight, I hope she can edge out Adam and take it, but I won’t get my hopes up!

    • OhMy says:

      Semi-controlled. I think she has a fine voice, but she really needs a coach to help her understand voice control and song nuance.

      That said, I think she will win and win easily.

      • Kim Moores says:

        Semi controlled?
        She was in complete and utter control of her voice and never went over the top particularly in comparison to previous instances where she did.

        • OhMy says:

          Over the top, yes. Again I like her, I just want her to understand the song and recognize that her voice is more powerful when she doesn’t over-sing. Maybe semi was too strong, but I was reacting to the comment above.

          • Kim Moores says:

            Nah, I wouldn’t even go as far to say over the top.
            The only time she belted a good bit was in Somewhere.
            And if you’ve heard Candice Glover sing it…there’s no way Alisan went over the top unless you insist Candice overdid the song too.

          • OhMy says:

            Kim — Candice very much over sang. 99% of the time.

        • I completely agree. I loved Alisan’s original song–so pretty and tasteful–and she and Christina’s duet was beautiful. And then she BROUGHT IT HOME. I do not need another WGWG (White Guy With Guitar–See American Idol),so as much as I like Adam W. Alisan deserves to win.

          • OhMy says:

            I’m fine if she wins, but what an odd reason.

          • Jaszy says:

            I’ve said the same thing about WGWGs winning. They win too much. We need another female winner!

          • GregK says:

            Ironically of all the WGWG ‘s on any show, Laith is the only one I liked, unless you consider David Cook who won AI as a WGWG. However I like Hannah more and Alisan should win.

          • usvoter3 says:

            Three of nine winners can be considered white males with guitars, so it is wrong to remark that white males win so much. I think all four have good voices, and the other three deserve to win just as much and have worked hard to win.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        She also needs a coach to get rid of the tightness in her top. She has a beautiful voice but that tinny tone at the top has to go. It’s fixable too.
        I too think she will win.

        • Kaba says:

          This might be random, but remember when you said Jacquie Lee’s voice needed coaching?
          You should hear her now, doesn’t sound the same whatsoever in that shrill sense. She sounds great.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I believe that. She was also 16 when she was on the show. She’s had a lot of time to develop. I’ll have to check her out.

        • TammyJ says:

          Agreed! I couldn’t put into words what that sound is when she goes over the top, but “tinny” is exactly right. She is such an amazing singer; I just wish she understood subtlty and the weight it carries. I have turned the volume off on her last 4 or 5 performances when she just went over the top and started catterwallin’. Cryin’ was a perfect example. Props to her talent for sure, though.

          • Eurydice says:

            Yes, I was so excited when I heard Alisan rehearsing her original song – she sounded so subtle and lovely. And then in the performance she came right out of the gate, belting away. I know people like to say she murdered/slayed/killed a song, but I don’t think they mean bludgeoned it like a baby seal.

        • usvoter3 says:

          I think she might win because the show seems to want the female coach to win instead of the other coaches.

    • Timmah says:

      Alisan was great. Unfortunately, she’s going to lose by a country male.

      • Ani says:

        I just don’t think this country male is going to race by Alisan. I like Adam a lot, but I don’t think he was at his best these last couple of weeks. I’m hoping that the Blake/Gwen romance is costing him a few of his die hard voters.

      • Dirt Road says:

        ha ha — both are really strong on itunes top 100 today ,, a good race.

      • usvoter3 says:

        I think she is going to win because the producers have tried to influence the public, and some people will be influenced to vote for her.

      • davmon says:

        OMG Timmah were you intending that fab pun? Us Southerners use “by a country mile” frequently…so that was a great play on words! Loved it….My guess is one of the two,Ali or Ad, will win. Not much secret there. But I did think they were 3rd and 4th last night. That was Laith and Hannah’s turn to shine.

    • Big Hammer says:

      My prediction is that it will finish exactly like this—
      1. winner = Adam Wakefield .. Blake’s Country crowd pulls the win.
      2. second place = Alisan Porter .. Xtina is foiled again.
      3. edged past Hannah = Laith Al-Saadi ..Clapton, Stevie Ray, B. B. King fans arise.
      4. questionable song writing, irritating whispering on studio cut, won’t hit top 10.Hannah.

      • TammyJ says:

        I’m with you on #1 Adam and #2 Alisan, but I think Hannah will likely surprise us and edge out Laith for #3. Her songs are doing better on iTunes right now. She’s #8 on the Top 100 and Adam is #3. Alisan is a distant #11 for Down That Road and #15 for Somewhere. I think it’ll be Adam for sure. He has consistently run the charts.

    • MARY ANN CROW says:

      I am so tired of she is a mother, she has been down a road if turmoil. Enough! She screams out out all her songs. She is fake in her eyes toward her audience.

      I hope America votes past her.

      • TammyJ says:

        I’m so glad you said that! I have always felt a little manipulated by her but thought I was just being cranky. Undeniable talent, but yeah…quitcher whinin’.

        • JM12 says:

          Ladies do we really need to slam other ladies this way? She is NOT whining!! She talks about overcoming, about persevering, about lifting others up. Is that so bad???

          • Dirt Road says:

            There are some of both genders who have fallen prey to alcohol, various drug habits, due to depression, bi-polar disorders, crises in life or families that were torn-apart, abusive or split-up when they were kids — going to foster homes, etc,…

            So Alisan’s story can be encouraging to them in some cases. That doesn’t mean she should be handed the crown due to her story or should be favored and promoted beyond the others. But all top 4 got plenty of TV time, recordings made for itunes, etc. Doesn’t matter who wins, any one of the 4 of them could do well later.

        • Big Hammer says:

          I seriously doubt that she will ever be a star in the modern music fields, Today’s big markets are for the teen and 20 something tabloid entertainment girls, and a few former softcore adult video makers like Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, xtina, etc, that have enough fame to still be in demand.

          . Doing an album of the old diva songs might be her only option, as well as getting work on some tv specials here and there, like Josh, etc. She might also find a niche in Christian music or doing duets with Country stars.

          • Theresa Allen says:

            I agree with you completely! She has an amazing voice, but where does she fit in? I can’t imagine listening to her on any of the radio stations I listen to.

          • rabh says:

            then why the hell does The Voice allow contestants to be older than, say, 23? And where have any Voice contestants fit anywhere? Allisan will do fine. No she won’t be huge, but nobody from the Voice ever is.

      • Alex says:

        “Oh I had a drug problem……”
        That’s your bad. It’s not like she was a cancer survivor or war vet or some inspirational story. She choose to lose her career to drugs. Good for her for getting her life in order and doing a great job in persuing her dream but don’t sell me a false bill of sale as if her personnel failures in past are to be celebrated and admired now. She has much personality appeal to me as Her coach, she can be screechy also.

        • Angie'sPersonalTroll says:

          Easy to judge when you’ve never walked a mile in someone else’s shoes.

          • Alex says:

            She’s the one that continues to bring it up. She makes it a point of discussion. And no, I have little sympathy for drug addiction. I understand self medication and addictive persoanlity and have worked with drug addicts. I understand the work it takes to beat the weakness and credit for doing so but it doesn’t warrant praise. Two different concepts. The producers and herself are always angling for praise.

      • Julia says:

        I totally agree! Put the sob stories on the back burner and sing! That’s why its called The VOICE!

      • Toba7 says:

        Agree completely Mary Ann

  3. OhMy says:

    I kind of liked I Call The Shots. But, it was a little odd, since she was clearly not. It might have been the best original song, though.

    • JM12 says:

      Funny, isn’t it? Pharrell seemingly took a comment she made, or an idea she had, and made the song out of that. It is in every way a Pharrell song. . .

    • davmon says:

      Thanks, I thought I was lost on an Alisan blog! Hannah def had best original. Pharrell hurt her on duet, but greatly helped on Shots, which was riveting! I had her in 2nd best of evening, behind Laith who was stupendous! Alisan edged Adam for 3rd with her solid Somewhere, albeit a tired choice. Adam has been steady for weeks, but seemed bland on all 3 offerings….Of course what I think is irrelevant, since Ali and Ad have huge followings. Besides, one night does not make a season. And if there is some cumulative garbage, then last night counted for nothing….Except it was a truly great night of songs! Glad we got t hear Laith and Hannah in a fabulous finale, even if they end up 3rd and 4th.

  4. Kim Moores says:

    Hannah was the breadwinner tonight for huffin and ‘whoo!’in like a sultry school teacher turned dominatrix calling the shots on that stage tonight.
    I’m sincerely trying to control my composure for HOW HYPE THAT SONG HAS ME YASSSSSSSS GIRL YOU BETTA
    Yeah…I loved Hannah and Alisan tonight.

    • Jaszy says:

      Yeah, Hannah was the best tonight in my opinion. But perhaps that’s because she’s my favorite. I thought they all did great, though. Even Adam, who I don’t really like that much. I’ve been reading up on other blogs about the Voice and on other Voice forums, most of the people seem to hate Hannah’s single because of how juvenile the lyrics are. But really, you can’t deny that beat and the rhythm is great!
      Everybody did good, but the only one I’m voting for is HANNAH HUSTON!
      I just don’t want her to place 4th.

      • Kim Moores says:

        Hannah’s song gives me life.
        It’s a single, it doesn’t need to be the pinnacle of introspection, trials, and tribulations. It’s supposed to be radio-worthy and catchy to the ear.
        Nor is it an indication of the album to come.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I’ve got a really good feeling about Hannah and her future in music. It’s difficult for anyone to break into the industry, but she’s beautiful, she can sing and she’s got Pharrell in her corner. She’s got a real shot at this (pun intended) given the advantages I just listed. Sure, the odds are still stacked against her, but I’m hopeful.

      • Kim Moores says:

        Angie did you love her single or did you looooove it lol.
        I’ve never gotten this much unnecessary excitement from a single.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Not gonna lie. It was unexpected and I loved it from the first phrase. I was getting hints of Beyonce, not because she or the song sounded like Beyonce, but because it had such an experimental sound to it.

    • JMark (formerly JM) says:

      LOL! Yes, she did slay!! Let’s hope those Nebraskans rally big time!!!

    • GregK says:

      Wish Hannah was my teacher, although let’s just say, later in life. She has more varied facial expressions than even Bryan Cranston!

    • scott says:

      I hear you Kim…personally, I think she outclassed Alisan vocally and artistically. That Every Breath You Take cover was interpreted to near perfection. And itunes seems to agree with me

    • davmon says:

      I thought Pharrell really showed what he can do, production-wise. He took Hannah’s tune and collaborated on arrangement and the radical musical sound–and put the whole show in the shade. That was a top ten song, period. Not lyricaly, but musically. And Hannah did her part beautifuly with terse enunciation and soulful runs and some stage strutting. Wow, was she ready to match the music with a performance–or what!

  5. Jaszy says:

    So I wrote a lot for most of the performances tonight so be prepared. I was so excited for tonight. It did not disappoint!

  6. Jaszy says:

    Laith – White Room – Cream – I’ve never heard this song before. I’ve heard of the band but have never really listened to any of their music. I couldn’t name one single of theirs. But it sounds good from what I heard of Laith’s rendition. He did good with it. I just wish his vocals would’ve went somewhere. His vocals just stayed, basically, in one place and I just wish he would’ve taken more liberties instead of singing in such a straightforward manner. He brought out the guitar again which is his thing and he smashed it again. No doubt.

    • GregK says:

      Cream was a limited edition “super group” in the early 70’s featuring Eric Clapton on guitar. They did not output “singles” (White Room may have had a reasonable amount of airplay) but their White Room album is a must for any hard rock lover.

      • Jlmo says:

        Cream was a group in the late 60s, they did have singles (White Room being one), and the album White Room is from is called Wheels of Fire, but they did indeed have Eric Clapton.

    • Fun fact: “Brave Ulysses” was played by the character Rupert Giles in two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (“Band Candy” and “Forever” in two very different contexts); so it may be my favorite Cream song partly for that reason.

      Back to your post, Jaszy, Laith’s musicianship is undeniable. I think he brings something different to The Voice, although the way Adam Levine talks about him sometimes, you’d think Laith was the only blues guitarist/performer alive in the country. He’s as good as some of the guitarists I’ve seen at local venues, through probably not as good a singer. I like that he’s not the usual young kid, I do agree that his vocals “stayed in one place.” A bit monotone and shouty for my tastes (he probably had to shout to make himself heard over the backgroun.)

    • Alex says:

      White Room and Sunshine of Your Love were HUGE hits and still staples on classic rock radio. Ginger Baker was one of the greatest drummers ever. A true madman like Keith Moon. Badge & I Feel Free were also successful hits.

      • Dirt Road says:

        We still play Sunshine of Your Love in my Band live. Funny how it still gets even the younger crowds onto the dance floor.

    • Theresa says:

      Laith nailed it! It was the best cover of the show! It’s very classic rock, listen to Cream, hear Eric Clapton! Go Laith!

    • davmon says:

      Cream was ’66-68 supergroup with Bruce, Baker, & Clapton. 2 or them, Baker & Clapton joined Steve Windwood in Blind Faith in ’69. Besides White Room, Sunshine of Your Love and Crossroads are famous Cream tunes….Laith and the Band did the cover proud!

    • davmon says:

      Since this is the meager Laith part of blog…Let me say, I thought he was best of night! Opened with that marv Cream. His orig was decent. And he and Adam had the duet of night by a lot! Great stuff! I wish he was getting more love. He sorta snuck up on everyone. Kept plodding steady. I would personally choose him as winner of Season 10. But given his music direction, we are fortunate that he got this far. Heck the fab Mia Z did not get past 12….Great going, my man Laith!

  7. Jaszy says:

    Alisan – Down That Road – Alisan has always had a great voice. She just never excited me enough even with all of her vocal theatrics.
    She had one off note heading towards the end of the song when she did that descending vocal run, but that was the only bad part about her performance. Down That Road is a great song with its hints of country and folk. It is a great song, but is it a winner’s song?

    • Collin says:

      I just read all your comments and they are right on point with my feelings about tonight. So I’ll just comment on a couple of your posts since you’ve already said pretty much everything I would have.

      Alisans single was a great song. The only thought I had was I wish someone else would’ve sang it. I’m not a Alisan fan at all. Not saying she’s not a great singer. I just don’t care for her tone. Even listening to her talk gives me chills. And not in a good way. I would love to hear Martina Mcbride sing this. I agree. It sounded country.

      • Jaszy says:

        Well, after weeks of bickering back and forth, I’m glad we agree on a few things.
        As for Alisan’s single, I actually see somebody like Ashley Monroe or Miranda Lambert singing it. It is a great song, regardless.

      • I checked the tracks on her 2014 album Who We Are to see if it came from there; (it didn’t, but it sounds of a piece with that albums bluesy-country-folk-rock.) I can imagine Alison getting more songwriting gigs as a result of this show.

        • Marina M says:

          Three people wrote that song whereas Laith and Adam wrote theirs alone. Pharrell obviously wrote/produced with Hannah.

  8. Jaszy says:

    Hannah – Every Breath You Take – I really enjoy this Police song, but is it a song for a singing competition? Is it a competitive song for Hannah, more importantly? But with the help of the band, she’s flipping the song around, into a more darker, jazzier version of the song. Hannah chose the song, I’m seeing? Hmmhh…I don’t know. Sometimes good ideas don’t translate well. But here we go…She turned the song into a minor key song, which only works for certain songs. I just hope that she didn’t change it so much that it alienates fans of the original version. Once she gets into the chorus, it comes alive and on into the bridge, she gets stronger. She still has a tendency to fall off pitch a little, but she reels it in always. This was a good performance. Was it her best? Probably not, but we still need to vote for her! VOTE FOR HANNAH HUSTON!
    Side-note: You can tell Hannah’s not used to being complimented on the way she looks. She was ready to run off that stage when they kept complimenting her in that red dress. But she looked absolutely stunning!

    • Meg says:

      Cannot believe Michael S. gave her a B- for Every Breath You Take!! I have watched that 3 times and bought the song. I thought her version was genius. Her voice was so hauntingly beautiful. I had Jennifer L.’s goosies throughout the song.

    • Collin says:

      I mostly agree here also. I don’t think this was her best. I highly doubt this was her choice. Pharell did her no favors tonight. Well at least until her single. This was so far off from the original and I really didn’t care for it. So yes. I’m one of those alienated fans. She looked great in that red dress though!!

    • kevstar says:

      I loved that Hannah took a song we have heard to death, and totally flipped it. Will everybody like it? No, I’m OK with not following what everyone else likes!

    • Russ says:

      Surprise Jaszy, Hannah got my votes tonight. While I did not like her duo with Pharrell, I loved her other two songs. I still love Adam though. So I can only hope that if Hannah does not win, he does. Just because he is a WG does not mean he did not have the talent to win it all.

      • Jaszy says:

        Russ, Russ, Russ…hello. I’m glad you voted for Hannah.
        And you are right about Adam. Just because he is a WG doesn’t mean he shouldn’t win it all.
        I still believe that there are better people in the competition than him.

    • scott says:

      Yes! Her rendition very much hit the mark. I clamored for a Roberta Flack song and her interpretation of Every Breath you Take was the kind of sound I was looking for from Hannah. It was actually my favorite performance of the night. And that glory note at the end sealed the deal for me

    • davmon says:

      Albeit a rad departure, she & band carried it off well. I loved that she could do that to such an iconic Sting vessel and sail today’s seas and winds so confidently. Good for her. She was great last night, except on that dodgy duet.

  9. Jaszy says:

    The duet between Christina and Alisan was gorgeous. I loved the harmonies so much, especially Christina’s. Alisan kept falling off pitch in a couple of harmonies, which is probably telling that she might not be used to singing harmonic duets. I would listen to that again. It was soothing to my ears.

    • Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

      She was probably nervous caus cmon, that’s CHRISTINA FREAKEN AGUILERA!!! Hell I would be shook, lol

      • Jaszy says:

        Well, I guess…but her inexperience showed then, didn’t it?

        • Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

          Probably, but her nobody’s perfect. Lol, although I REALLY liked that the duet was very tender

          • The harmonies were swoon-worthy even if the song has been done to death; I admit I was afraid Alisan and Christina were going to try to outsing one another and instead, Alyson wisely pulled it back for the most part and showed off how delicate she can be.

        • JM12 says:

          That duet was beautiful, no need to nitpick! Xtina is clearly the hardest coach to sing with; there is NO margin for error. I couldn’t see the other finalists even coming close if they had to sing with her. Alisan did a fantastic job.

  10. Jaszy says:

    Adam – Lonesome, Broken, and Blue – I’m getting more and more into country than I’ve ever had before. I used to be so into country music as a little girl, (which according to most people was odd because I am black and apparently, black people should only listen to R&B or rap or urban music, which is a preposterous stereotype), but then it fell out of favor when I was entering my pre-teen years. Now as a 21 year old, I’m getting back into country, but I mostly listen to female country artists. So hearing this song by Adam is kind of refreshing; it lets me see him in a different light. I enjoyed this song a lot. The song sounds great. I love the mellow factor that it has and how it tows the line between different styles of country music. I love it a little more than Alisan’s single. Good job, Adam. I’m still not voting for him, but it’s not like he needs my votes anyway right. He’s still going to win, isn’t he?

    • Davey says:

      I thought Adam’s original was a snooze. It went absolutely nowhere. Tonight was one of his worst nights and he’ll probably win this thing.

      • Jaszy says:

        Yeah, because he’s a WGWG on Blake’s team, no less.

        • OhMy says:

          He actually was playing the piano. I mean, as long as we’re talking.

          • Jaszy says:

            That’s what other people have pointed out to me, so I should say WGWG+ WP, but the WGWG term has been in existence for a while now. That’s why I use it, especially considering how many WGWGs have won Idol and the Voice.

        • Eurydice says:

          Maybe TV viewers would vote for Adam because of Blake – that doesn’t cost anything. But I don’t see people paying money to download somebody else’s music just because they like Blake. And, so far, Adam’s #3 on the chart.

        • Seth says:

          I know the internet would probably shrivel up & die without conspiracy theories, but can we give the “because he’s on Team Blake” bit a rest? The Blake factor hasn’t done much to derail pre-ordained winners like Javier, Tessanne, Sawyer or Jordan & it won’t stop Alisan either.

          Also, they all had 3 performances. I doubt order has any impact. I could see early in the competition, when everyone has 1 short performance & you’ve got 12 or more artists. But at this stage…nope.

        • Eurydice says:

          In 9 seasons only 2 WGWGs have won.

          • Collin says:

            Don’t bother with logic when it comes to the WGWG topic! It blows right over there heads!

        • usvoter3 says:

          What is so bad about being a white male? Do we need singing competitions to be about gender and race and about the producers wanting a female coach to win, or should the competitions be about merit and who gets the most votes? Blake has not even had a contestant win the majority of the competitions.

          If we analyze it, Blake’s being popular did not stop Javier, Jordan, and others from winning. White males do not win that often. Even if white males had won more times, that does not make it racist or unfair.

          White males don’t win as much as people think.
          Javier was not a white male.
          Jermaine was not a white male.
          Danielle was not a white male.
          Cassadee was not a white male.
          Tessanne was not a white male.

          White males with guitars win even less. On this show, only Craig Wayne Boyd and maybe Sawyer Fredericks and Josh Kaufman can truly be considered white males with guitars. That’s a third of the total winners so far.

          If white males win, it is because their voices were the best to people who voted.

          Blake has only had four wins out of nine contestants who won. Blake’s fans do not have enough of an organized effort to influence the winner when people think other singers should win.

      • davmon says:

        Agreed, he has had some stellar nights. Remember the Ray Charles tune? But every song tonight seemed tired or rather bland. The excitement came from Laith in his cover and duet as well as the Hannah original! Alisan, like Adam, was too predictable last night. But I guess none of this maters because they are the anointed 1 and 2. Still, was a great night. And a real decent season.

    • Just Me says:

      Adam has an interesting voice, but I wouldn’t buy his music because his enunciation is so horrid that I (husband, too) cannot understand most of the lyrics. That kills it for me. Because of that, he would come in fourth on my ballot.

      • annican says:

        Agree with this. It was really noticeable during the duet with Blake. He just sounded very mumbly to me and his words kept dropping off.

      • JMark (formerly JM) says:

        Adam’s enunciation was terrible. I couldn’t understand a word. And this comes from someone who loves his voice.

      • Big Hammer says:

        While I enjoy Adam’s songs, I know exactly what you mean. Also, there are a number of young artists in the Country Music arena right now, that are better singers than Adam. Try going through the top 200 in Country and you’ll hear more distinctive, clear and still powerful voices. That’s why even after working Nashville, he needed The Voice to get to the big time.

    • Collin says:

      I totally agree. This song was great! My favorite performance of the night. The only thing I disagree with is you not voting for him. Because I will be.

    • Dirt Road says:

      My mama died when I was small,
      my father left us when I was 10
      grew-up in they called a boy’s town
      but I never cried back then

      My brother went to prison,
      but I’m here workin’ on Jonas farm.
      I get room and board and a few good dollars,
      to buy some things from town,-

      a girl there always been nice to me,,
      treats me good you know,
      but we never talked of doin’ more
      keep it all on the low-

      I never had no children,
      and I’z glad they’s never born,
      cause they wouldn’t want a father,
      who’s been broken, left and scorned,

      I’m a heavy, heavy hitter,
      when I step-up to the plate,
      and the crowd is always in it,
      while the game is bein’ played,

      and when the game is over,
      and the dust has settled down,
      I’m walkin’ a lonely road home
      to the place just south of town

    • usvoter3 says:

      No, I don’t think he’s going to win, so if you want him to win and like him, you need to vote for him. The Blake factor, if it is true, has not stopped Javier, Tessanne, or Jordan from winning the show, so people need to vote for Adam if they want him to win. I don’t think there is an organized effort from the public to give people on Blake’s team the most votes.

  11. I think Adam W is amazing, but Alisan’s Somewhere SLAYED. I bet Adam wins, but Alisan should.

    • joy says:

      Alisan has had her time in the sun. With the people she knows in the business she could still get another shot. I want Adam or Hannah to win! Not to mention there are hundreds of Alisan’s out there. To me she sounds just like Mariah Carey and we already have one what do we another for.

      • Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

        I luv ALISAN, but in NO WAY does she meet up to Mariah Carey’s voice. Mariahs voice is the opitimy of Power, Class, Dexturity, Range that the gods would beg for, and has to this day still has that voice. ALISAN sounds mostly reminiscent to maybe joss stone or even Celine. But ALISAN is amazing, however there are plenty of Adams and Laiths. Hannah is one of a kind

        • Collin says:

          I agree with Mariah having a great voice. Comparing Alisan to Celine though? Come on! Let’s turn it down a tad. She’s no where near that level. There are plenty of Adams? Umm no there’s not. Other than Chris Stapleton maybe. Other than that no one sounds like Adam. He’s got a very unique voice. There are many out there right now with the same quality, if not better, then Alisans however. Laith is very unique also. Especially now days. Yes Hannah is one of a kind.

        • MC says:

          So true. I always loved her tone and power. I never thought that Mariah was trying to overpower or over sing a song, even on the whistle notes.

      • kevstar says:

        She doesn’t sound anything like Mariah. That’s Ariana Grande, whose album is terrific by the way.
        We know that you’re an Alisan hater. We see right through you.

        • Collin says:

          So you’re ok with not following what everyone else likes. But if someone doesn’t like what you do they’re a hater? Hmmm… Ok that makes sense!

          • kevstar says:

            Joy has been here before. She pretty much comes out and says she hates Alisan. Not liking something in itself doesn’t make someone a hater, but when every comment someone makes is negative, that qualifies!

        • Dirt Road says:

          Ariana is real hot stuff and selling like crazy. She’s a dangerous woman…. and her and Rihanna and Ciarra and Selena and GaGa, etc.,, show you why nice girls from talent shows don’t always stay at the top very long..

          but why is it that when I post a reply on here ,,, it can end-up a mile from where it was to be posted. This demands a full IT investigation from the computer science powers international.

    • I have a fondness for Somewhere for a lot of reasons. I sang it in high school, though not half as good as Allsion and since this is The Voice. She has the goods to win. I hope she does.

  12. Jaszy says:

    Such a cool song that Hannah and Pharrell sang together. But as usual, Pharrell’s vocals are atrocious. I really think his vocals were messing Hannah up. She already has trouble staying on pitch sometimes. But she was the saving grace of the song. And whoever is styling her is doing a phenomenal job. Hannah has never looked more beautiful. That hair, wow! I wouldn’t mind watching this performance over and over again, despite Pharrell’s vocals. It’s still a fun song. Yeah, that was cool.
    Side-note: I just looked the song up after writing my above comment. I’ve never heard this song before. I didn’t realize it was Pharrell’s own song. His studio version sounds great!

    • Big Hammer says:

      that was a mess. Bad decision by Pharrell, but he was just pushing his own stuff and geting it out to national TV. Left Hannah in a bad spot, trying to carry the song for him.

      • Jaszy says:

        Which she did carry! It wasn’t her best vocally, of course it wasn’t supposed to be. But Pharrell was butchering it. She still did okay.
        The song itself is really good, though. Pharrell should just not sing it live. Like I already said, his vocals are atrocious.
        None of the duets will land in the top 10, so it doesn’t really matter, now does it?
        Now whether or not you will hold that against Hannah, that’s on you.
        But she is the only one I voted for.

        • Big Hammer says:

          I was pulling for her too and is the only one I would be motivated enough to vote for. But I think the song choices tonight were too plain and tame ,, when she could have done some songs/performances that set her way apart from the other 3. She has no chance for the win now.

      • JM12 says:

        Pharrell himself will admit he’s not the best singer. He chose his own song b/c he is one he can sing decently. And it is a fun song.

    • Collin says:

      Yeah Pharell really held her back here. It’s definitely a disadvantage having to sing with him. He’s a much better producer than singer IMO.

  13. Jaszy says:

    Laith – I don’t remember ever having any Brie cheese in my life, but if Laith is Brie cheese, I will have some..but only in small doses. I’m not an idiot. Laith is an artist, he’s more artistic than the other 3 for sure. But will enough people vote for him? Morning Light sounds like a song that Diane Birch would do. This is another great song, but it’s a rather generic-sounding blues and soul song. There’s nothing wrong with that, but with Laith coming off of singing songs like Born Under A Bad Sign or The Thrill Is Gone, Morning Light is rather technically tame. It’s still a great song, but again, I want Laith to display more dynamics and versatility in his vocals. It’s almost as if he’s on ten the whole time. But that was great.

    • davmon says:

      You said some nice things. First, brie I rich; so small is good. Lath IS the most talented, at this point. I think Adam and possibly Hannah will keep progressing. His original was good but was overshadowed by fab cover & duet. Vocally, Adam kept having him sing an octave higher than necessary–noticeable again on White Room. Still, it turned out well. And the duet was stunning.

  14. Jaszy says:

    I wonder why they decided to put Hannah as the last singer of two rounds.
    I was for sure that either Adam or Alisan would be singing last each time. Is it perhaps that if one of them were to sing last in the line-up that it would put them over the top for votes? Or is it because they are already going to get enough votes that they don’t need to sing in the later spots each round? Do they want to get Hannah more votes? I don’t know. Placement is important in shows like these. I’m just wondering. I’m getting the vibe that the producers are slowly coming around and warming up to Hannah, especially these past couple of weeks. The productions in her most recent performances have been on point. Will her underdog story arc be enough to secure her the win?
    I don’t think so. Adam’s pretty unbeatable. He’s done really well tonight, I just have to give it up to him. But I’m still holding out hope that Hannah won’t place 4th.

    • analythinker says:

      IMO, the formula is: Voice + Great Song Choice (versatile: sometimes ballad, sometimes upbeat, not overdone, not too fresh to avoid competition with original artist on iTunes, not too old to not sound current, unless the arrangement is different) + Performance Order. If one of this is not in the artist’s favor, they’ll be in trouble.

  15. Jaszy says:

    Adam – When I Call Your Name – I prefer country Adam to the blue-eyed soul Adam.
    Country Adam I can get behind. I’m just really in shock in how I’m loving ALL of these songs from the contestants that I’ve heard tonight. I would seriously watch this episode again. They’ve pulled out all the stops with these song choices. I think it’s been a great night for song choice. When I Call Your Name is no exception. I’ve never heard it before Adam’s performance. It makes me want to go look it up. He did a good job. Loved the ending.
    I think he’s winning. I want Hannah to win, but Adam’s winning.

    • Eurydice says:

      If you go back to hear the original, you’ll find Vince Gill had the most crystal clear and pure “high, lonesome” sound. Adam’s version was fine, but it bothers me a little how he loses the last word of every phrase – still, I like him.

      • Just Me says:

        Yes on Vince Gill. I played Vince for husband at the break. He was impressed and said it really made a difference when you could understand the words.

      • JM12 says:

        You’re right; Vince Gill has a pure, crystal-clear voice and his version was so beautiful (not to knock Adam, who was singing it live in a high-pressure moment). I am not a big country fan but I remember hearing Vince on various shows during his heyday, and dude is incredible – voice and guitar.

    • Collin says:

      You should look it up. Vince Gills version is amazing! Better than Adams. I still thought Adam did a great job with it. Vince would sound better singing many songs than most. He’s one of the best vocalists ever IMO. I totally agree with Adam winning. IMO it’s really not that close tonight. They all sounded good and it was a great night. But Adam sealed the deal for me. IMO Pharell really let Hannah down.

  16. Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

    Alisan and Hannah won the night for me!!! Can that please be our final 2!!! Both SLAYED!!! Also laith was great to, but Adam kinda fell flat to me. I don’t know, I usually like performances but tonight felt kinda boring and almost like he gave up. But he might win, although Alisan and Hannah are more deserving

  17. Jaszy says:

    Oh, I spoke too soon. Alisan is going to be the last voice we hear this Monday night. To change the line-up so she can be last, they should’ve just done that in the first place instead of having her sing 3rd the first two rounds. They do want her to win, don’t they? I don’t really mind it, because she is a great singer and, this way, at least a woman has finally won again. I’d just prefer that woman to be Hannah!
    Vote for Hannah Huston people.

    • Collin says:

      I’m glad you hit on that. I was shocked when she didn’t sing 4th in the first 2 rounds. But what a big surprise!! She gets the pimp spot to close out the show! I’m not sure it means as much now as it does in the earlier rounds. But it’s definitely a advantage. I don’t care how much production, Slezak or anyone else tries to slam Alisan down my throat. I will not vote for her and I don’t think she should win! She has a nasily annoying tone to her and I’m not buying how great some think she is. I’ve heard many better. I think Adam and Hannah are better. Unfortunately Hannah had a off night. More to do with song choice and having to sing with Pharell then anything else. She’s great. Adam slayed tonight and has done so more consistently than anyone else the past few weeks. He’s the winner in my eyes with Hannah 2nd Alisan 3rd and Laith 4th. I’m really happy Laith made it this far. He was great. His vocals are just a tad below the top 3 though.

      • davmon says:

        Enjoyed your remarks. I feel good that 4 talented people got to the end. I really liked Laith & Hannah last night–minus the Pharrell duet. White Room & the Beatles’ medley sent me to oldies’ heaven–and Laith was great on those. And I really liked Hannah on the unusual arrangement on Every Chance and was blown away by her original–what Pharrell took away in the duet, he gave back several times over on that production. Adam and Alisan who I like generally seemed to play it safe–and were just not as fun or interesting last night. They are gonna be 1 and 2, regardless. On Laith’s vocals: Adam has him an octave too high on most every song. Which is too bad, since he has a lovely low timbre. Anyway, a good season after all–despite a couple of weird weeks where no one seemed to be totally on pitch. And nice to see someone like Laith get all the way to the end game.

  18. Jaszy says:

    The dynamic between Pharrell and Hannah is hilarious. I love watching them together. I’m going to miss that.
    Call The Shots – Pharrell does know how to produce hits. Is this a hit? Not quite, but it does sound pretty good. The best thing that Hannah could’ve done is show different dynamics of her vocals. She did that. She did look a tad uncomfortable, but I’m reminded that she has the least amount of experience compared to the other 3. The background vocals sort of drowned her out a little in the bridge or they could’ve turned her microphone up a little bit more. Overall, it was a great performance. Hannah’s single is the most unique sounding compared to the rest. The lyrics are a little meh…but…That beat tho!

    • Collin says:

      I loved this. It was unexpected. I thought she did well with it. You’re right. She had a couple iffy spots. But she recovered nicely. It’s definitely the most unique out of all of them tonight. After 2 sub par performances. IMO. This saved the night for Hannah. She owned that stage!!!

  19. Jaszy says:

    I really enjoyed all the singles. Wow! They did great this season. Good singles! The one that I would remember the most a few weeks from now would probably be Hannah’s since it’s so unique, but Adam’s single was fantastic. Alisan and Laith also had great singles. I will probably buy all of those singles on iTunes. This was such a great finale night! Best one I’ve seen of all the seasons!

  20. Jaszy says:

    Alisan – I can’t deny Alisan’s talent. I’m only familiar with this song because I used to play it on piano. I’ve never seen West Side Story, though I have heard of it. I’m not too much into musicals or plays though. Is this the song that can secure Alisan the win? I don’t know, she did good with it. But it wasn’t her best performance. The fact that they put her last suggests that it should be the best performance of the night…
    I’m still thinking Adam’s winning, but perhaps Alisan won’t be another Christina Grimmie.

  21. Jaszy says:


  22. Blu says:

    Ideally, I would like for Alisan to win. Realistically, It will probably be Adam..

  23. Eurydice says:

    Even though I’ve loved Adam all season, I think his performances tonight were only worth 4th place. And it looks like Alisan will win (which I wouldn’t mind at all), but I think Hannah has shown the most growth and is more interesting. And, actually, I wouldn’t mind if Laith won, either – he’s a lot of fun.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I enjoyed Adam’s original song very much. The other two performences? Meh

      • Eurydice says:

        Yes, I liked it, too. His other performances seemed low energy and his lack of enunciation made me wonder if he’d forgotten some of the words – he isn’t usually so mumbly (if that’s a word). I think he was very nervous.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          I didn’t even notice the enunciation. I mostly tuned out unfortunately.
          His original song was beautiful though. I don’t even like country and I downloaded that one. So simple yet so gorgeous.

  24. Kim Moores says:


  25. Davey says:

    Much as I admire Alisan I voted for Hannah and Laith tonight. I had no love for Laith at the beginning of the competition but he has won me over. And Hannah is what the Voice should be about. Somewhere who came from nowhere and really got better and better. Though Michael ranked Laith’s original low, I liked his song and Hannah’s original the best.

    I was really disappointed with Alisan’s Somewhere. When she started building, her voice started sounding unpleasant and she lost the poignancy of the song.

    Though if it has to be Alisan or Adam, I hope Alisan wins, though I don’t think she was the best by the end.

    Adam is the most boring of all the singers in the top 4, he sounds like so many other country singers.

    • Jaszy says:

      Right! About Hannah! How can people not want to reward how far this girl has come? She is the underdog. Nobody looked at her as a threat in the beginning. She got better week after week. She’s been the most improved, though she wasn’t even bad to begin with! This girl deserves to win. That won’t happen, but I just hope she doesn’t place 4th. She’s better than 4th place.

    • JMark (formerly JM) says:

      I completely agree about Laith and Hannah’s originals were the best. Maybe not the most creative in words, (neither were the songs from Alisan and Adam), but musically very catchy. The other two originals put me to sleep.

    • davmon says:

      Me too! That was H & L’s night! Not even close! Laith was on a tear with White Room & that medley duet; and his orig was 2nd best to Hannah’s magnif I Call the Shots. And her Every Chance was a rad arrangement–and it worked! The other two played Tee-Ball. They knew they had the lead and wanted to avoid a misstep. So conservative song choices and conventional phrasing. Both made no mistakes, but were rather bland. Their followers and any cumulative nonsense has them two furlongs ahead on the home stretch–no matter what happened last night….Anyway, i had a blast watching L & H having that much fun making great music. Hearing that made us all winners.

  26. analythinker says:

    I don’t know… halfway through the show (maybe even earlier), it’s evident that they want an Adam-Alisan Top 2, which I’m good with, IF they both nailed their performances. Unfortunately, I think I got into a jaded mood pretty quickly and it affects my feelings toward those performances. I just can’t believe if they want Xtina to win, they had to do that song for the duet. Surely there are LOTS of more subtle choices to highlight their strengths (I don’t mean belting the notes).

    The song choices for Laith didn’t show any emotional growth, and while Hannah nailed that Police song (IMO), it’s still an OLD, overdone song. Her duet with Pharrell won’t help at all with her iTunes placement. It was all over the place (mostly Pharrell, though). I think he’s just not confident enough with his voice to pull off a haunting ballad duet, which explains perfectly the BIG arrangement for his performances (and his contestants) to date. And her original song… while pretty at the beginning, sounds repetitive, making the purpose of her “calling the shots” counterproductive.

  27. Chuck2000 says:

    All the original songs sounded like stuff I’ve heard before. But Hannah’s was the most derivative of the bunch – and of course gets your praise. Did it sound like something you might hear a contemporary sing? – ” yes”. Does that make it good? – “no”. It’s Adam or Allison FTW, although I’d sign up to see Laith anytime he is my area.

    • Davey says:

      I don’t think Hannah’s original sounded like too many other songs I’ve heard. I thought it stood out. And Laith’s original sounded very good because it had a decent melody. It’s too bad Owen never made it to the finale because he has an whole album of good originals.

      • JM12 says:

        Hannah’s song was fun, but not exactly written by HER in the way the other songs were actually written by Alisan, Adam and Laith. It sounded exactly like a Pharrell song to me.

        • Jaszy says:

          Really, though, what do you expect? The girl only performs once or twice a year. The other three have been in the music industry for longer. They have more experience. Hannah might just be a great vocalist. Perhaps she hasn’t dealt in the songwriting lane quite yet.
          It was still her idea, but Pharrell just gave it life.
          She did good with it.

          • Ani says:

            I agree with you. I also remember some comments a few weeks ago about how this the Voice, so Laith should be rated totally on his vocals and not his guitar skills. If that were true, the same should be said of songwriting ability–none of these contestants has ever tried to pass him or herself off as a singer/songwriter, so should it matter whose song was best? It should only matter how it was sung. (Hannah and Alisan’s originals sounded best to me.)

  28. Echoecho says:

    A reminder:

    In a change from the previous seasons, iTunes bonus multipliers were extended to songs performed in the final performance show. All iTunes votes received for the six weeks leading up to the finale were cumulatively added to online and app finale votes for each finalist.

  29. Victor says:

    Really hope Hannah – the season underdog – wins! She sounds amazing in the itunes cover over of “Every Breath You Take”… Like I’ve bought maybe 10 songs in the past 10 seasons and I’m buying this.

    1. Hannah
    2. Alisan
    3. Adam
    4. Bryan (Yes Bryan)

    1. Adam (solely because Blake is his coach)
    2. Alisan (despite her being favored by the producers…really, does Adam have to say that she’s the favorite EVERY SINGLE WEEK. WE GET IT ADAM SHUT UP AND COACH YOUR ARTIST)
    3. Hannah
    4. Laith

    • analythinker says:

      Sadly I think your prediction is correct. Would put Laith on #4 in my preferred rank, but what good does it do, heh.

    • Jaszy says:

      Most people are so sure that Alisan is going to win, but I’ve said it was going to be Adam since the Live Playoffs, not because I like him, but because I know how these things pan out especially with guys. Guys fare better in competitions like these.
      It’s unfair, because I think Hannah truly deserves to win.
      Never-mind Alisan! She’s good, but…

    • Big Hammer says:

      Adam should have been kicked-out for repeatedly saying Alison was going to win, several times during the season — that was not fair to other contestants.nor his own team. I agree, he should just shut up or give-up his seat to someone who is happy to try to lead their own team members to the win.

  30. DKD says:

    I’ve really been disappointed in the cover songs this season because few people even tried to put a fresh spin on them.

    Three of the originals were nice, but still sounded generic in the same way most of the covers this year were.

    Pharrell and Hannah’s song sounded new and fresh and contemporary. I’m buying it in the morning.

    I think Alisan is more talented, but Hannah’s growth arc was very apparent all season.

    • Jaszy says:

      Hannah was great in the beginning, but she got even better especially within the last three weeks.
      But my favorite performance of hers was Top 12 Week with her doing Something’s Got A Hold On Me. That was the point that I became a huge fan of hers. I don’t know what it was about that performance, but it has been the one video I have watched more than any other performance video this season!
      The girl deserves it.
      But Adam’s taking it…

  31. Kim Moores says:

    *continues to twerk to ‘I Call The Shots’*

  32. analythinker says:

    iTunes order:
    3. Adam – Original song
    7. Hannah – Cover song
    8. Alisan – Original song
    10. Alisan – Cover song
    12. Adam – Cover song
    13. Laith – Original song
    17. Hannah – Original song
    23. Laith – Cover song
    35. Alisan & Christina
    36. Laith & Adam
    59. Adam & Blake
    126. Hannah & Pharrell

    What’d I tell ya… the Hannah & Pharrell duet is last.

    • Big Hammer says:

      as it should be — don’t know why it is even on the charts at all. Hannah did do well with Every Breath, that was her only real highlight of the night.

    • Smokey says:

      Right now, Adam is #1 — #2 — #5 — and #9 w/Blake duet ;;;;on the Country itunes charts

  33. Mary says:

    The most beautiful rendition of Somewhere. Thank you so much. Hope you win the Voice.

  34. 1humbleopinion says:

    Everyone put the Alison Porter Kool Aid down. She did not earn the win tonight, IMHO. For the past four weeks she’s been shrieky, nasally, pitchy, and overwrought. Her duet with Christina only underscored her weaknesses when compared to her coach. Don’t get me wrong, she’s clearly very talented. But her finale song )”Somewhere”) was Voice Crown Bait, in a bad, beauty pageant performance linda way.

    What kind of record will Alison make? I have no freakin idea. Who’s her audience? I have no freakin idea. Will she get lots of votes? Yes. She’ll probably win. But will she sell music and become the first bona fide Voice star? Me no thinky so.

    The performers who really delivered tonight were Hannah Huston (I’m surprised too!) and Laith Al Saadi. The seriously brought it on every performance tonight. And Mr. Slezak…B minus for “Every Breath You Take”? Really? Check yourself.

    Adam is coasting on Blake Votes. He was the epitome of underwhelming. And didn’t ever really seem to try tonight. The night belonged to outsiders — Laith and Hannah.

    • Jaszy says:

      I too believe that both Hannah and Laith delivered more so than the other two.
      I really don’t want Adam to win. I know he’s going to, but please can we crown a female already! Never-mind Christina wanting to be crowned as the first female coach winner. This is supposed to be about the contestants.
      Hannah Huston deserves to win. Though they all do, I know…

    • nedsdag says:

      LOL on the Alisan Kool-Aid reference.

    • Karen says:

      I agree, I thought that when Christina sang during the duet, it really underlined that Alisan isn’t all that after all. Someone earlier said tinny.
      I gave all my votes to Hannah and Laith also.
      Overall, this has been an underwhelming season to me, last week I forgot to watch on Monday night.

    • usvoter3 says:

      I disagree on Adam, and he has the best voice of the male artists that Blake has had on recent teams. I think he has a good radio voice, but he does need to work on enunciating and making sure people can understand the words.

    • rabh says:

      Nasally, pitchy?? I think you need to get your hearing checked. As for Alisan’s audience or whatever, who knows? Do any Voice contestants ever do well? She has been consistently good every week. For some bizarre reason, on these competition shows, you’re supposed to be only ok at the beginning and show ‘growth’ or something in order to deserve to win. That’s such bullshit. I have seen people comment that ‘she knows people in the business; she’ll do fine!’. well, obviously whoever she knows hasn’t helped her so far, so she had to go on the Voice. I do agree with you on Adam – I always fast forward through most of his stuff. Hannah is ok most of the time, but she is not consistent. She needs time to grow into her new role of pop singer. I actually couldn’t stand the Every Breath performance. I was a huge Police fan in the 80’s and it just rubbed me the wrong way. And her duet with Pharrell was awful. I didn’t really like her original, but I’m sure a lot of young people will. Laith is fantastic, and I think he’ll be getting a lot more offers after this show. His fans will be older like me, but older people have a lot more money to spend on things like concerts, so that should bode well for him.

    • Totally agree with everything you said.

    • davmon says:

      1hum, you speak truth to power! Laith & Hannah were awesome. What an opening to the night! White Room! I could have died happy! And then his duet with Sir Adam was delish! Han with Every Chance was radding out! And then she slayed the field with I Call the Shots! That song was a musical revelation–with Pharrell’s arrangement and production, but she pulled off a very kindergarten-free performance! Wowzah! I am just so glad they got that far and got to do what they did last night! Who cares if Alisan was set up for the win months ago. Who cares if the prima donna gets her wish and wins the coach trophy. Or if Blake wins again with Adam, who turned out some tamped down efforts last night! Go Laith! Go Hannah! Into the bright blue yonder!

  35. Jimmy says:

    The duets count for nothing iTunes wise so the fact that Pharrell and Hannah’s duet was meh is fine.. Also, with iTunes voting, the songs from before the lives don’t count.. #TeamHannah!

  36. Linda says:

    Allison sang the same hi pitch throughout–no variety so she should NOT win!!! The best talented singer, pianist, guitarist is Adam–he should win. He is sn all around talent compared to the one-trick pony, Allison
    Just like the politics this year–don’t play the female card and the single mom plea. The winner should be the best all around talent and that is Adam!!!

    • Katie Killjoy says:

      The same h-i-g-h pitch?
      1) No
      2) *Sprays ‘Trolls Be Gone’*
      3) *Follows up with ‘Idiot Remover’ for good measure*
      4) Blake plays all the God card harder than a Georgian Governor from Old Money running for president
      5) Just disappear, your presence is thoroughly unneeded.

    • Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

      ALISAN is not a one trick pony. She’s just very versatile in music that your probably not a fan off. She’s amazing no matter what

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      What does “the same hi [sic] pitch throughout” mean? She sang the same high note the entire song? No.
      The political aside was weird, but I guess at least it was consistent with the rest of your post.

      • kevstar says:

        Sounds like a Trump supporter. I’m surprised there wasn’t an Obama comment in there, too.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          So out of place. What does any of this have to do with Trump or Clinton? lol
          Although I did think to myself when they said Hannah is from Nebraska “please don’t let her be a Trump voter.”

          • usvoter3 says:

            Please stop acting like things are so bad about Donald Trump when he is speaking for Americans who have not had a voice because of people like Paul Ryan. I don’t understand all the hate and why people who claim to have open minds are so intolerant about certain politics. I just wonder if people have really researched the situation or just base their opinion on what is popular and insufficient research on current events. No, he’s not racist. Hispanics, etc. are all voting for him because they know that he is not a racist and they have been hurt because of the immigration policies of Barack Obama and other presidents who have not stopped illegal immigration. Minorities should look at the results of what recent presidents have done and analyze them so that their votes can make things different, and notice how people can make remarks about Republicans with no consequences but Republicans have been targeted and testified in front of Congress for things done from people who are current office holders in the administration.

          • Lee says:

            You’re fooling yourself if you think Trump is speaking for Americans. He’s actually lying for Americans. Trump only speaks for HIMSELF!

          • fri52 says:

            No a Bernie voter everything is going to be FREE !

        • davmon says:

          PLEASE PLEASE!!! Can we make this a Trump-Free Zone? The raging demagogue has gotten massive free time on national tv every day for months by sounding-off like a blithering fool! Can we please take a break?!!! At least here?!!! Thanks.

    • JM12 says:

      How can a female accuse another of playing “the female card”? For the record, THERE IS NO SUCH THING. When do women ever win anything solely by virtue of being women? NEVER! And also for the record, she’s NOT a single mom and therefore has never, ever, not once, made “the single mom plea”.

      • Jaszy says:

        The same way men get everything simply by virtue of being men, especially white men. Or have you never heard of white privilege?
        But, yes, I know, bringing that up here is not necessary since it is a small, trivial show. There are bigger issues.

      • Maybe Linda is confusing Alisan with La’Porsha, who I saw constantly referrred to on the internet as an “unwed mother” who had her baby “out of wedlock” (um, no, she was an about-to-be-divorced mom….)

        But, y’know, La’P and Alisan look and sound soooo much alike, the confusion is understandable. What with the matching ovaries and all. /*end sarcasm

      • Collin says:

        When do women ever win anything solely by virtue of being a woman? For one. Due to job discrimination laws. Women are being hired and promoted due to just being women. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. IMO unfortunately it has to be this way. My point was there are times when a woman wins/gets things just because she’s a woman.

        • JM12 says:

          And there are anti-discrimination laws why? Oh that’s right, b/c men still rule everything. I have no time for anyone whining about women getting ahead “just” b/c they are women. Especially when they are incredibly talented and hard working.

  37. Woodmeister says:

    In terms of vocals, Alisan should probably win. She’s a powerful singer. In terms of overall performance though, I think both Hannah and Laith were better. If I had to pay to see them, my money would go to Laith and Hannah. On the original songs, I liked Hannah’s best, although Alisan’s was great too. On the cover songs and the duets, I thought Laith did the best and if I had my druthers, he’d win it all. But that ain’t gonna happen.
    Adam was just okay tonight. Didn’t hate him but didn’t love him either. He was meh and I believe it may cost him.

  38. Polarvortex says:

    And again Christina has mistake the back of her top for the front!Besides that I thought Hannah’ s cover was great and the arrangement was very different and original! ( and she is currently ahead of Alisan on itunes) I love the song White Room but Laith just shouted his way through it so I was not impressed at all!

  39. Carla Krae says:

    All Laith for me and always has been.

  40. Becky says:

    Hannah+Pharrell=worst performance of the season.

    • Big Hammer says:

      Can’t disagree. it was silly, clumsy and underwhelming. Love Hannah but . Pharrell can’t sing live very well at all. He needs the studio, auto-tune, enhancement and 25 re-takes to make a song work.

    • Peggi Franks says:

      Totally agree. Not impressed

  41. danin says:

    Adam really underwhelmed me tonight. I kept hearing Vince Gills sweet voice sing his song and Adam’s voice sounded like heavy, flat tires rumbling over speed bumps during it. I dug Hannah’s original song more than anyone else’s original song& really loved her take on The Police song. Xtina&Alison win duet together. Alison also sang Somewhere well. No screeching. And dang I love White Room anyway and was happy Laith brought it!

  42. E Rodgers says:

    I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED Hannah’s “Every Breath You Take.” WOW-WOW-WOW. That was * artistry * baby! (Takes me back to Taylor John Williams.) Slezak, a B- for Hannah on that song? really?! I love you, Slezak, but wtf? Let’s leave Tripe-ville already and go to Creative-land.

    • nedsdag says:

      He gave Hannah a B-? I purposely did not read Michael’s grades because he is so Alisan biased, but Hannah’s song would be a hit on Contemporary Hit Radio. Alisan? Not so much! In fact, who is Alisan’s audience? She may be The Voice, but she won’t be The Hitmaker.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I oddly loved it too. A lot of people here didn’t, which is fine. It was a very different take, but I thought it was beautiful.

  43. Seth says:

    He won’t, but it would be interesting & ironic if Laith did win after Adam took this anti-Voice approach the last couple of weeks. That’s not to say he isn’t a good singer, but they’ve clearly shifted the focus to his guitar playing & it seems to be gaining momentum.

  44. Anita Johnson says:

    I am so glad that Christina is leaving. This is a family shoe and I wouldn’t want my young children seeing the way she dresses. She needs to cover up. Why would you allow her to openly show all of her breast, disgusting.

  45. Hattie says:

    I thought Hannah had the second best performance tonight with Every Breathe I Take. I hated I Call the Shots. The lyrics were lazy and way too repetitive. Cool beat though. Allisan had my favorite performance with Somewhere. So beautiful. I fear she will lose to Adam, even though, for me, he was the weakest of the night. He went over the top country and chose songs that did not display his range. Last week, I would have argued that Adam deserved to be contender. Based on this week’s performances, he should be a distant 4th. It almost felt like he wasn’t even trying. My issue with the show has always been that viewers tend to vote for the coach rather than the performer. If Allisan loses (and I think she will), it will only be because she chose Christina as a coach. If she was Team Blake or Adam, there would have been no stopping her.

  46. Peggi Franks says:

    Hannah’s “I Call the Shots” was lame, she constantly repeated the same lyrics. Held no meaning for me. Unlike Alison, whose song came from very personal plaCe and we very heartfelt and beautifully sung. Go Alison!

    • Smokey says:

      I agree, don’t know why that song is even selling on itunes. I listen to New Pop every day and have no interest in that one by Hannah. IMO it is junk song, but there are always some pieces of junk music like that in the top 100 for a while anyway. Way too repetitive and pointless, unless one has been too timid to call the shots before hearing the song.

  47. Enya says:

    Hannah is my favorite of the four finalists, but I thought her original song was kind of repetitive and not a great display of her capabilities.
    Also, Laith’s original song is selling well, but he’s missing out on votes because that same song is available on a past album for $0.99 – both versions are appearing on the iTunes charts.

    • Jaszy says:

      A lot of hit songs are repetitive. All the songs heard on the radio are repetitive.
      The song is good but only with a few listens. Yes, if you keep listening to it, it will eventually get boring. That’s the way it goes with all songs though.
      Again, Hannah’s single was the most unique of the four. If you were to hear it on the radio today, you would say, “Yeah, that’s Hannah.”
      The other songs are great, but they are not as distinguishable from other songs already out there.

      • Enya says:

        Other hit songs are repetitive, but not to the point where they say the same line eight times in a row. Stylistically, though, it was a good fit for her.

  48. Ena says:

    Anyone who gives Hannah’s “Every Breath You Take” a B- ought be locked up. He is she should never be anywhere music is played.

  49. dj says:

    I don’t get Adam. His voice is not pleasing to my ear. I know a lot of people must like him. I guess I’m out of the main stream. Alisan’s voice I like when she softens it. Sometimes it seems screechy. I liked her last song and her duet, but not her original. Laith sounds good, but he only has one setting. I think I like Hannah’s voice best of the four, but she doesn’t always know what to do with it, and her personality and hand waving can be off-putting. I’m sure all of that has mostly to do with her lack of performance experience prior to the show. I liked her Police cover, although it was creepy and stalkerish. I enjoyed her original as well. I kind of want Alisan to win so the curse is broken, but I also want Hannah to win because I think she’s got a lot of potential, and I want Laith to win because he’s old and nice.

  50. Claire Choquette says:

    I really likes Laithe but Alisan is the best overall!