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‘The Voice’ Recap: Can Anyone Beat Cassadee Pope?

Tue, December 18, 2012 12:14am EDT by Billy Nilles Add first Comment
The Voice Cassadee Pope
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As the final three artists take the stage on ‘The Voice’ tonight, it’s become incredibly clear: This game is Cassadee’s to lose! Read on for all the details.

Well, fans of The Voice, we’re nearing the finish line! With the beginning of the end tonight, Cassadee Pope, Nicholas David, and Terry McDermott each took the stage three times to sing their hearts out: once with their signature song from the season, once with their coach, and once with a new song to prove just what they have to offer. By the end of the night, one thing was incredibly clear: This is the season of Cassadee Pope!

Before we can get into each artist’s performances, we’ve got to address the lovely Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tribute that the show opened with. Coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green were joined by this season’s finalists and hosts Carson Daly and Christina Milian for a touching performance of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah”. I cried. I’m sure you did too.

Nicholas David

For his new number, tonight, Nick performed a medley of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire”. The medley was a lot of fun, but I’m not sure it was the best thing to win all of America over.

For his signature song, Nick returned to earlier “Lean On Me” performance. He sounded great, sitting at the piano. Cee Lo got very wistful during his critique of the performances, talking about how Nick moves him so deeply. Hopefully, for Nick’s sake, America feels the same way.

He and Cee Lo performed “Play That Funky Music” which was a pretty funny and solid song choice. The decision to have that little-boy version of Cee Lo come out and dance was hysterical. Kid could really move it! It was a really fun performance

Cassadee Pope

For her signature song, Cassadee made the only choice possible — “Over You”. In light of Sandy Hook, this song holds so much more weight. Cassadee, of course, knocked it out of the park. It’s as if this song was written specifically for her to song, she’s that good at it.

Cassadee and Blake sang “Steve McQueen” together. Cassadee sounded a little wonky in the beginning, as if she was struggling to find the notes. It wasn’t my favorite performance of her’s tonight, so luckily it wasn’t the only one.

For her final performance, which was also the final song of the night, she sang “Cry” by Faith Hill. Her transformation into country artist has been completed! Cassadee really sang the heck out of this song. It was wise that she went heavily country tonight — she’s found the spot where she truly, truly shines. Can anyone beat her?

Terry McDermott

Terry and Blake sang “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” while joined on guitar by Adam wearing a ridiculous long wig and no shirt. Oh Adam, never change. It was quite a fun performance.

“Broken Wings” by Mister Mister was Terry’s new song and also his son’s favorite song. Terry really owned on this song. It was certainly in his wheelhouse. While Adam was right that there was a clear fumble in the beginning, he recovered wonderfully. Terry is so consistent, but I worry that he stands no chance at overcoming Cassadee.

“I Wanna Know What Love Is” was Terry’s signature performance. This was really one of his best performances of the season, so it was wonderful to see him sing it again.

Can anyone beat Cassadee, HollywoodLifers? Or does she have the season in the bag? Let me know in the comments below!

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