It’s finale week on ‘The Voice!’ The four Season 8 finalists left it all on the stage during their last chance performances on May 18, leaving America with one TOUGH decision. Read our full recap and decide who YOU want to vote for to win the show!
This is it — The Voice finalists’ final chance to prove to voters why they deserve to win Season 8! On May 18, the four remaining artists gave three memorable performances each, and with so much talent left in the competition, America will certainly have a tough decision voting for this year’s winner. Here’s our recap of everything that went down on Monday’s episode.
‘The Voice’ Top 4 Perform: Finalists’ Leave It All On Stage
Just to catch everyone up: Pharrell is left with two contestants, Koryn Hawthorne and Sawyer Fredericks, while Adam Levine and Blake Shelton each have one, Joshua Davis and Meghan Linsey, respectively. Unfortunately, Christina Aguilera’s final artist was eliminated in the semifinals.
During the season’s penultimate episode, each finalist performed a song chosen by fans, their own original song, and a duet with their respective coaches.
Kicking off the night was Koryn, who was originally chosen for team Christina, but was stolen by Pharrell in the Knockout Rounds. She certainly got things off to a great start, singing James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Just as she’s done in many performances throughout the season, the 17-year-old started things off a bit contained, before eventually building up to her incredible powerhouse vocals. NAILED IT!
Meghan was up next, and for her first song of the night, she debuted her single “Change My Mind” for the first time. In a bit of a twist, Blake revealed that Meghan actually wrote the song herself, the first time that’s been done on this show! Meghan truly connected to the powerful ballad, and she sounded phenomenal too — the full package!
Next to take the stage was Sawyer, along with coach Pharrell, singing a rendition of the classic “Summer Breeze.” After working together for months, it’s always a cool moment to see the contestants and their coaches together on stage, doing what they both love more than anything in the world. Saywer is actually the only artist left in the competition who’s still on the same team he started out the season on, so his and Pharrell’s bond is definitely incredibly strong…and it showed. Amazing!
Finishing off Round 1, Josh premiered his original song, “The Workingman’s Hymn,” which he also wrote himself, just like Meghan! Seriously, how talented is this bunch?! The track was actually more up-tempo than what we normally expect from Josh, but with a powerful message that he was able to connect with, the performance was something refreshing and new from the normally soft-spoken artist.
After a commercial break, Sawyer returned to the stage with his single, “Please,” which was actually written by one of the 16-year-old’s heroes, Ray LaMontagne. Despite being so young, Sawyer brings a unique sound that we’re not used to hearing in this generation, and week after week, the audience has been receptive to that — he’s consistently been in the top 10 on iTunes, which is NOT an easy feat. “Please” is right in Sawyer’s wheelhouse, and he gave just the type of performance we’ve grown to know and love from him.
Keeping things going with team Pharrell, Koryn was back next to perform a duet with her coach. The duo sang “We Can Work It Out,” and it was a totally epic collaboration. We’re constantly in awe of the fact that Koryn is just 17 years old, and since she’s so different from Sawyer artistically, it was super cool to see Pharrell show his skills on two completely different songs for his duets.
Next, Josh sang the track chosen for him by the public: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Josh has had a lot of ups and downs throughout the competition — he was originally on Blake’s team, but was stolen by Adam in the Battles, and almost got eliminated in the Top 10, but was Instantly Saved by America. The entire time, though, he’s kept his composure, and added to his list of smooth performances in the finals, captivating and engaging the audience with the passionate performance.
Meghan and Blake teamed up for their duet next, singing “Freeway of Love.” These two go way back (they actually toured together back in the day!) and their bond has been a driving force behind Meghan’s success in this competition since she landed on the country star’s team after the Battle Rounds. That, coupled with her naturally INCREDIBLE voice and performance skills, may just be what pushes Meghan to a first place finish!
Josh and Adam took the stage together next, performing an awesome rendition of Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles Of Her Shoes.” For four weeks now, Josh has been the Maroon 5 frontman’s only remaining artist, so the pair have gotten quite close, and it was so fun to see them teaming up on a track that suited them both so well.
Next, Koryn was back, debuting her original single, “Bright Fire,” which was actually written by Coach Pharrell, who has a special connection to the powerful tune. “I never quite got it right…and then I met you,” Pharrell explained. Whoa, talk about a huge honor! Koryn totally delivered for her proud mentor, too, absolutely killing her vocals during the performance.
For her final song of the night, Meghan sang “When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge and…wow! Blake has won this show four times already, and with Meghan as his finalist, he has a pretty damn good chance at doing it again. It was most definitely a bold choice, that should pay off…because Meghan totally NAILED it!
Closing out the night was Sawyer, doing what he does best on Neil Young’s “Old Man.” There’s not much else to say about this kid — he’s consistent, he’s different…and, most importantly, he’s good. As a fan favorite from day one, Sawyer is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and as long as his fans keep it up this week, his shot at winning is high. It helps that he SLAYED that final performance!
Now, the decision is in the voters’ hands! All four finalists are SO different, and have been on such different journeys to get themselves to this point…it really is anyone’s game. Make sure you’re voting for who YOU want to win The Voice, and check back tomorrow night to see who comes out victorious!
And, HollywoodLifers — leave us a comment and let us know who you’re rooting for!
— Alyssa Norwin