Published on May 8th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson3
‘The Voice’ Season 2 Episode 20 Review: Lead In To Finale Excites!
The lead in to the big finale on The Voice has come and what a thrilling night of performances the finalists gave, fighting for the title. This week, each artist performed a solo, a solo tribute to their coach, and a duet with their coach as the competition reached its boiling point and the artists fought against the other teams rather than within their teams.
Jermaine Paul’s final solo performance of the competition was R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” This song worked wonders for The X Factor‘s Melanie Amaro so perhaps this song is a good luck charm this music reality competition season and could be the number that takes Paul to the winner’s circle. Paul’s tribute, to his coach, “God Gave Me You” as well as his duet, “Soul Man” with Blake Shelton were equally as strong. And watching Shelton step into Paul’s shoes, diving into a foreign genre was very fun to see and it worked very well, so this was the icing on the cake. Seeing Shelton grinning throughout the duet, that was one of the most beautiful moments of the season. I love when artists cross genres, enjoy it, and do it well, even if only for one song. Paul was consistent with his incredible performances this week so without question, it’s Team Blake for the win.
Paul certainly deserves it more than Juliet Simms based on last night’s solo performances. Simms took on Cee Lo’s own, “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley and hit a few rough notes. Unfortunately for her, that’s as rough as the performance got. There was no angst, no emotion, no fun in that performance… it was really disappointing. What a terrible song to choose for Simms’ final solo performance. This song did not allow her to soar vocally or physically as wild as she usually does across the stage and that classic Simms we are used to seeing was missing. She was more comfortable performing “Born To Be Wild” with Cee Lo but it wasn’t until her tribute performance did we really get the Simms that we wanted. She connected the most with this song and it showed. But one song is not enough to win. Paul’s still got it.
Chris Mann and Christina Aguilera took on “Prayer” and delivered one of the most moving performances of the season. For his solo performance, Mann took on Aguilera’s own, “The Voice Within” and I did not like it. He sang the song well but not well enough to win this competition. Not only that, hearing a male sing this song, something about that was distracting and took me out of the song. His tribute to Aguilera, “You Raise Me Up” was much better, his true shining moment of the night. Also shining beside him I believe was T.L. Forsberg who was featured in the 2010 documentary, “See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers” which you should add to your Netflix queue right now. As for Mann’s chances of winning, his coach may have killed that dream after fueling the fire on the one sided Tony Lucca feud. Mann has loyal viewers voting for him but were they enough to win this competition before Aguilera went on her anti-Lucca rant? Are there enough classical music fans to tear away the win from Paul? It’s possible but probably not likely. More on that rant…
Tony Lucca brought a unique spin to Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and boy was it entertaining. Lucca is clearly fighting just as hard for the title as Paul is. If anyone has higher odds of winning, its Paul and Lucca. It’s a good thing the coaches have zero input in choosing the winner themselves because Lucca would definitely be out a coach in Christina Aguilera. Whatever Aguilera has against Lucca, it is clearly out in the open now for those who doubted it. She will not let up on him! She and Britney Spears may have had crushes on him as kids but she is not at all loving the spotlight that Lucca is getting today. Does anyone think that this is unprofessional of Aguilera, taking out her frustrations on Lucca on live TV in front of millions? Not to mention, hypocritical since she has quite a dirrty persona herself. Anyway, Lucca’s second song, no one could argue with. “Yesterday” by The Beatles with Adam Levine was fantastic. They trumped Aguilera and Mann’s duet easily. As his tribute to Levine, Lucca’s final performance was Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe” and while good, there was nothing particularly special about it. Lucca’s duet was his best but 2/3 is not bad! The competition comes to an end tonight and my eyes are on Paul and Lucca, moreso Paul. Who do you think will win? Joining the finalists for the season 2 finale will be Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Lady Antebellum, and Daryl Hall and John Oates so stay tuned for plenty of performances in just a few hours, leading into the big win!
Stay tuned for the season finale of The Voice TONIGHT 9-11 p.m. ET only on NBC.
*Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC