Tonight is the night you pick the winner the soundHost Carson Daly told viewers Monday that the top five contestants of Season 22 will compete for the last time. Gwen Stefani was sitting out all night, as her remaining team member was eliminated last week, but she had already made her choice — she told her husband, contestant Blake Shelton Bryce Leatherwood, “I think you’ll win!”
Gwen could be right. Carson declares Blake the show’s “resident cowboy” and Bryce the “only pure country artist” in the finals, and we all know how popular country music is with the soundprimary audience. But I’d prefer if Season 22’s Last Woman Standing country-rock powerhouse Morgan Miles was the Last Standing singer. John Legend actually declared Morgan “the best country singer I’ve seen since I got started the sound,” which was very high praise, and as her proud trainer Camila Cabello noted, “Morgan is always country and always has been, but from the very beginning, she’s always been her own unique expression of country.” People love her because she’s authentic, and she’s vulnerable, which she is to her Country type.
And besides: Morgan nearly fell off the stage during her first performance on Monday and risked breaking her neck. If that Not “authentic” and “weak”, I don’t know what is!
On Monday, each of the five finalists sang twice, performing an “uptempo” song that really showcases who they are as artists, as Carson puts it, and “one song serves as a special thank you to the people and places that mean so much to them.” Morgan, who’s up against two male country artists (Price and pop sweetheart Brayden Lap, both on Blake’s team) and one tough guy (Omar Jose Cardona of Legend), knew she’d “have to pull out all the stops.” So, For her uptempo number, she went with the Bonnie Tyler Jim Steinman-penned “Total Eclipse of the Heart” — a huge ballad that “not a lot of people can pull off,” Camila admitted. He went For that, in a convincing, boundless performance, the gritty, Tyler-esque “crackle” pushes her to her absolute edge…and then pushes herself to the edge of the stage as she rambles, cornering at the last moment, as seen around the 2:30 mark in the video above.
Fortunately, Morgan regained her composure and avoided the kind of disaster that befell last year’s Wendy Moten, who had a stage fall on live television and broke both of her arms. “I almost fell! But it’s OK,” Morgan said after her performance. But she didn’t need to be embarrassed. “You sell out every performance. You go there and give it your all. And you Sold John assured her.
Morgan was the only contestant who nearly got stuck on Monday, but she wasn’t the only one who pulled out on the most important night of Season 22. And while I think Morgan has a good shot, Bryce will probably outlast her completely, as Gwen predicted. Bodhi, the frontrunner of the season, also still has a chance, and I probably shouldn’t overlook Brayden’s teenage appeal, or the fact that the show’s producers seem to be trying to orchestrate Omar’s win by putting him in last place.
So, let’s take a look at the rest of the shows, and try to speculate who America will really fall for.
Bodie (Team Blake), “Late Night Talking”
Blake declared Bodhi “the most authentic artist I’ve worked with on the show” and bragged, “The sky’s the limit for this guy.” I don’t disagree, but I don’t think this limp Harry Styles cover was the best example of what Bodie can do. Ironically, for the episode’s “uptempo” challenge, Bodhi is gone lowestpercussion, slowing down the bouncy melody and turning it into a jazzy melodic number; It was also ironic that the season’s most up-to-date and relevant contestant managed to make the episode’s latest chosen song sound really old. The arrangement did pick up the pace and went a little disco during the day halfway through, but overall, this performance lacked the fire and passion of Bodhi’s finest moment, “The Golden Hour.” It was a strange way to start the show – and up until that point, it was strange that the producers had located one of the season’s best candidates in the cursed “death spot.” But Camila praised Buddy’s “producer mind” and “art” and John told him, “I feel like you have a great vision of who you are as an artist, and you can turn that into what you wear on stage, your song choices, everything. I feel your vision, and it’s clear.” Very, very convincing.”
Brayden Lab (Team Blake), “Wild As Her”
Sixteen-year-old Brayden had only been singing for two years, and once again, his inexperience was evident tonight. The cute kid was up to the finish with the charm of the boy next to him, and I think he knew it at this point, because he didn’t seem like he was trying to win. He hardly pushed himself out loud (there were no dynamics at all) or made much use of the stage, later admitting to the coaches, “I just wanted to make it fun—get out here and enjoy it all.” And this was another uptempo performance that wasn’t actually very up front at all. John’s subsequent comment was a rather sweet farewell, telling Brayden: “What an experience you’ve had here! You’re so young, and you’re still going to grow so much after that. This is the beginning of your career as a singer, and you’ve shown so much poise and grace and so much grace and consistency.” During this. It was fun watching her.” I agree Brayden has potential and great quality, but I wish he had waited a few years to try the sound.
Bryce Leatherwood, “Problem”
yes, this is That was when I began to agree with Gwen that Bryce could really win this thing. “Price knows this is a way to blow it up, with a great song,” Blake explained during rehearsal. Bryce never really displayed his rock star side, but in the Elvis Presley/Travis Treat barnstormer, he was full of fun. I didn’t know it was in it! His personality was so sparkly during this one, I wish he did more shows like “Problem” all season. “We heard this smooth tone you had, you sounded so rich and you had this sweet, laid-back vibe all season, and then this showed us — that you can do that too! Super John.” And Blake told Price, “I’m sure you raised the bar a little bit.”
Omar Jose Cardona (Team Legend), “The Way You Make Me Feel”
Who would have thought that Bryce Leatherwood would be more of a rock star tonight than the guy who’s been declared the “Rock of the Season” all along, Omar? This was totally embarrassing, like something out of a Branson matinee Mj Musical. Omar swung around in all sorts of amateurish choreography, and the result was old-fashioned and awkward. But then again, Omar’s vibe has always been a little dated — he auditioned for “Separate Ways” in Journey, so the worst result was that the frantic dancing seemed to threaten his impeccable vocals. seem So Nervous, he sings almost entirely at the top of his chest with nowhere else to go. Camilla said she enjoyed seeing Omar “swaying on stage,” and John claimed that “it wasn’t like [Omar was] He was breathing at a moment’s notice and was “making perfect dance moves”. But that was it Not Good; Honestly, while I’ve previously described Omar as “Broadway,” which can be a good or bad thing, but this was Off Broadway, or just plain normal turning off.
Brayden Lab, “Humble and Kind”
Brayden delivers a goofy performance with this soulful Tim McGraw ballad, relying on a slideshow backdrop of cute baby photos to give all the sense that his flat vocal delivery and wooden, chair-sitting performance just can’t. Gwen said to Brayden, “I’ve always thought from the start that you had something special. … It’s this thing I can’t put my finger on” — but she clearly couldn’t put her finger on her red button, because Brayden reminded her that she actually didn’t press it. During the blind exams! At the very least, the kid has a sense of humor, and it’s clear that admiration has come a long way. Blake assures him, “I’m not at all surprised to see you standing here at the end. You’ve been literally following your heart up to this point.” I don’t think this moment will lead Brayden into the winner’s circle.
Bryce Leatherwood, “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
This Keith Whiteley performance is much better than the country one (and obviously more mature) – soulful, melancholic, utterly relatable. Bryce had a really strong night tonight. “If you don’t win the sound, I just made a career, because that was so beautiful and so perfect. “I loved every second of it,” said Gwen. “Oh my God, Bryce—for giving that performance the way you did, with so much class there, you sounded great. And just to have Keith Whitley on primetime TV, on TV, you just set country music fans on fire,” Blake said. Excited.
Morgan Miles, “Girl Crush”
“Total Eclipse” was out of Morgan’s comfort zone — literally, since she’s almost uneasy from the comfort of the stage — but this sexy, slow-burning Little Big Town song showed off what she does best: shredding blues guitar that complemented her soulful libs and deliciously galloping. Was it enough? I’m not too sure…but I hope so. This was a great choice for you. Country sounds So Good on you,” Gwen Gwen.
If Buddy wins the soundwill be because this is performance. In fact, if he did perform at the end, at the “pimp spot,” I’d say he was in the bag. Wisely tapping into the worship leader’s roots (religious songs tend to get vocals on this show), he dedicated CCM’s gospel song by Brandon Lake to his daughters and launched a lavish stage production that included a troupe of choral singers who reached for heaven. With outstretched prayer hands. “I’m crying! It was so beautiful. You have a great power behind you, and I think it really comes from your pure faith that you have. There’s a dimension that we’re all curious about, and it inspires people,” gushes Gwen. “You sound like a leader, honestly — that’s how it feels to me. So, I just think about your future. Whatever you want to do, you have that in you: You’re a leader, you’re strong, and you can move people. I’m excited about anything,” John said. Coming.” “This was one of the most moving performances I’ve seen in a long time on this show,” summed up an amazed Blake.
Omar Jose Cardona, “Somebody to Love”
I’m surprised Omar took this long to cover Queen this season, but I think he waited until the weekend to bring out the biggest big guns. Of course, Freddie Mercury is a tough job, and while Omar had the technical scope to pull this off, he didn’t have the bragging rights. seem So Desperate, he tries road Very difficult – probably because he almost went home last week – and again, I slipped a bit. However, this definitely sounded better than his MJ cover. “I’m so grateful to have a talent like you, because it inspires me. It inspires everyone in this room. And no matter what happens this week, you deserve to be here, and you deserve a lot of success, because you’re magical,” Camila assures him. “America, I don’t know what else Omar could do on this platform to show him he is The Voice begged John. I still don’t think Omar will win this contest. But a big, flashy pimp spot number like “Somebody to Love” might be enough to stop him dying in the end.
And now… it’s time for my final prediction of the season! Who will win season 22? If you asked me two weeks ago, I would have bet good money on Bodhi, but now I think this is Price’s competition to lose. Bodie would likely finish a close and respectable second, followed by Morgan, Omar, and Brayden (I think Brayden would finish last because of the three-way split in the country’s voting). But we’ll have to wait for Tuesday’s finale, when hopefully no one trips and nearly falls off the stage. I’ll see you later.
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