The Voice 3 – The Final Performance! Recap and Videos

It’s the last chance to vote for your favorite The Voice contestants! Cassadee Pope, Terry McDermott and Nicholas David perform tonight for the crown. The winner will be announced tomorrow on the big finale.

I am absolutely sure the winner of The Voice 3 will be….Blake Shelton.  Cee Lo Green’s contestant, Nicholas David does not have a chance in hades of winning this thing.  Being the underdog, he needed GREAT performances tonight and he just did not deliver.  His personal song choice, the Jerry Lee Jimi mashup was totally cruise ship material. The duet with Cee Lo was…all about Cee Lo and his reprise performance was anti-climatic.  Hello 3rd place!

Although I’ve seen stronger performances from her–Cassadee was solid. All of her song choices emphasized her strengths–as a female pop singer with the ability to convey big emotions through song.  She knows how to hit those all important money notes and look pretty while doing it. She’s got a radio friendly pop voice and is the most viable and current contestant. She’d be a winner with a chance at a career.

But you can’t underestimate the Power of the Penis.  Terry McDermott is youngish (but not too young), cute, a sweet family man–three characteristics that resonate strongly with the older female demo who typically votes on these shows.  If all the throwback fans are busy voting for either Terry or  Nicholas. Marbe Cassadee has a chance.  But then, Cassadee came in to this thing with a solid fanbase from her Hey Monday days. Or maybe she’ll be the only contestant to reach the iTunes Top 10, and those 10x extra points will put her over the top. I’m sure that Cassadee’s “Cry” will be at least in the top 5, if not the top spot.

Terry’s tune, “Broken Wing” was another emotional gut buster, so I expect he’ll land somewhere in the top 10 as well.  Blake Shelton has proven to be a savvy coach. He’s pretty good at figuring out what it is about his charges that resonates with viewers, and then proceeds to exploit the hell out of it.  He also never overshadows his contestants, he gives them the spotlight when needed.  Nudging Cassadee into the country pop direction was just pure genius.  Heartfelt country ballads are beloved by a wide cross-section of viewers. More than say, a Pink song.  Blakes done a great job of playing the middle with Cassadee, yet keeping her current.  I would say, at this point, she deserves to win.

But…but…but…there is Terry and his big throwback 80’s voice, and his adorable shag haircut and his love of family. Blah blah blah. Personally, I don’t find what he’s about all that interesting. His taste in music is problem number 1  for me.  I wish Blake would have worked a little harder to nudge him out of his box a little. But, in the end, Terry has been the most successful with the 80’s stuff.  There’s a great love for the music of his favorite genre, and he sings it well. Even if Terry seems more suited touring with a tribute band rather than as a pop star in his own right, I still think he could win.

I’ve got to sleep on it to make a prediction.

A couple of other notes:  I suppose it’s a blessing that we didn’t hear much blah blah from the coaches, but isn’t final night the week they would all want to get a word in edgewise, even if for some extra pimping, or the opportunity to throw a contestant under the bus.  To the coaches credit, there was none of the latter going on.  Still, the coaches managed to exert their influence on The Voice Stage. I feel strongly that on Final night, the contestants should be THE ONLY FOCUS.  Sure, sing duets with your coaches, but how about saving it for the finale when it doesn’t affect the outcome?  Anything that takes the focus off the contestants on such a big night is pitiful.  Also, tonight felt like any other night of competition–particularly with the yawn-inducing (and downright goofy) song choices.  Overall, I was underwhelmed with tonight’s show. All 3 contestants have performed better in the past. But, it’s not unusual for the Final to be a let down. At this point, the kids are just about out of gas.

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So. The coaches, contestants, and Carson Daley are singing “Hallelujah” while holding placards that have the names and ages of the victims of the Newtown school shooting printed on them. I don’t know how I feel about this to be honest. It’s a little much.

The pre-taped cold open makes way for a recap of the season, and sound bites from the three finalists. There will be solos by the finalists, and “special” duets with the coaches!

Nicholas David – Team Cee Lo – Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis mashed with Fire by Jimi Hendrix – WTF? Worst song choice ever. Nicholas’ piano is ON FIRE as he sings. CHEESY. This is exactly the kind of song YOU ABSOLUTELY DON’T PERFORM ON FINAL NIGHT. It’s a total throw away. The Hendrix part is a little better. But seriously, it’s like a mediocre Las Vegas lounge act, straight down to the sparkly suit jacket. I have no quarrel with his vocals, but the final is THE TIME TO BRING IT. This is pretty silly. He wasn’t going to win in any case, so I guess it doesn’t matter. And he probably knows it.  Nicholas probably figures…why not go out having a little fun? Adam says, “This is so great.” Adam thinks it’s awesome that he performed a throw away performance. Not surprising that Adam has nobody left in the compeition.  Blake, who must BE THRILLED WITH THAT RIDICULOUS PERFORMANCE, thanks him for being so entertaining. Cee Lo says, “You’re fire burned this house down. I loved it. I am forever a fan of yours.” 1-855-864-2301 or Sprint text 1 to 8642

Cassadee Pope – Team Blake – “Over You” by Miranda – And Cassadee is playing to win! She reprises one of her big, emotional ballads. And its theme of loss pings the nation’s sense of grieving in the wake of tragedy.  And you make sure your coach makes the connection, if the audience isn’t able to do it for themselves.  That’s how you get viewers to pick up the phone, OK?  Having said that,the song was one of Cassadee’s best performances of the season, so good pick.  I don’t think it measured up to her first, chilling rendition, but Cassadee did it justice again.  Christina says, “You look drop dead gorgeous. You nailed that song once again. Sky’s the limit for you. Adam says, “You’ve developed your voice so much.” Blake says, “You know how I feel about that song. It’s perfect. America’s heart is heavy right now. It was a great moment. Music starts the healing process.” 1-855-864-2303 or Sprint text 3 to 8642

Terry McDermott and Blake Shelton – Team Blake – “Dude Looks Like  Lady” by Aerosmith – Blake flew in Terry’s father, whom the singer hadn’t seen in 4 years.  Aw. Adam is playing guitar…inexplicably wearing dreads. Is he supposed to be all rock n’ roll or something?  That was ALSO pretty ridiculous. But better to leave the silliness to the coach duet. Again, that was one of those throwaway performances you toss off on results night.  If I didn’t hate the song so much, I probably would have enjoyed it. 1-855-864-2302 or Sprint text 2 to 8642

Nicholas David- “Lean on Me” – One of Nicholas’ best cover reveals how deeply soulful and musical he is. It didn’t have the same impact the first version did, but it’s still very good. Adam says, “You look like a principal..of the school of funky stuff. Version of that song is killer.”  What? Cee Lo says, “You never cease to amaze me. I appreciate you so much. I believe in you. I love you.” GET A ROOM FELLAS.

Terry McDermott – “Broken Wing” by Mr. Mister – Mr mullet 80’s guy! So original! So refreshing. Not.  OMG. This song choice is making me stabby. OK. I get that it’s his son’s favorite song, but MR. MISTER? Really, what does a kid know. You’re in this to win a contest, dammit.  Thing is, it probably doesn’t matter, because he has a pretty good chance of winning, regardless.   I’m not sure what was going on, but he sounded off at the beginning of the song…like his ear piece wasn’t working or something.  Later in the performance he recovers, but he was still kind of pitchy. Adam says, “I could tell there was something going on in the beginning…and you recovered…and frigging nailed it.”  Blake says, “That is hard what he does up there.”

Cassadee Pope and Blake Shelton – “Steve McQueen” by Sheryl Cole – Blake invited Cassadee’s family and boyfriend to his house.  The family, consisting of mom and sister seem very nice. This song is right in Cassadee’s wheelhouse, but I could have done without her singing through a mini-megaphone. That’s really not her thing. Blake wisely hung back–his contribution mainly playing guitar for her in the background. Allowing her to shine is the smart thing. Oh, how I wish Christina still had a contestant in the game, just to watch her hilariously over sing and dominate the duet.

Terry McDermott – “I Wanna Know What Love Is” by Foreigner – This song choice put Terry over the top the first time he sang it–smart to bring it back. But like all of the reprises tonight, I’m not terribly excited to hear any of these performances twice. Christina says, “Your voice is incredible, but to be on this show, it takes strong work ethic…you’re still plowing through and bringing it home.” Blake says, “That was your breakout moment on the show. I think you sang that song better tonight than the first time. You blow me away, I don’t know how you do it.”

Nicholas David and Cee Lo Green – “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry – Wow. Nicholas’ wife thinks winning The Voice means the family will be able to spend more time together. Uhm. No. Another not-to-be-taken-seriously song choice. Once again, lots of fun in a wedding-singer kind of way. Oh look. Go go dancers in cages. YAWN. Wait…WHAT! A little person…yes AN ACTUAL LITTLE PERSON is dressed like a mini-me Cee Lo. Way to take the focus OFF OF THE CONTESTANT. I guess this is supposed to be funny…or something. To say that was NOT FINAL WORTHY doesn’t even begin to describe what I just witnessed. That was like a joke performance from an American Idol finale.

Cassadee Pope – “Cry” by Faith Hill – And Cassadee’s new song is left for the pimp spot. She hits all the expected moments for a final performance. Big notes, loads of emotion, confident stage presence–Cassadee did what she needed to do to put her over the top. But was it enough? I expect this performance will be #1 on iTunes by tomorrow morning.

  • HermeticallySealed

    And the media exploitation continues. Bleck. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Very nice opening tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

  • quickjessie

    Thank you, Voice, for not ignoring our littlest new angels.  Tears again but that’s okay.

    I have no issue with anyone, everyone, expressing their despair over this tragic event.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    That was a great tribute to the victims. Simple, affecting.

    And to HermeticallySealed, why so cynical? Would you prefer they just ignore it and pretended it never happened? It was a nice tribute. JMO.

  • quickjessie

     They are human, they have feelings.  As do our athletes, politicians, etc.

    They have a human need to let others know they care, they are hurting, they wish they could help. 

  • HermeticallySealed

    If you say.  Just comes off as shallow and fake to me. If they truly cared, they should go there and donate money and time to help the city, not draw attention to themselves with a “Look at us!!  See how empathetic we are!!” routine.  Actually make it about the victims and not a stunt.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    I couldn’t decide how I felt about it either…it was beautiful and all, but it did feel a bit unnecessary. They could have just sent out their condolences.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I appreciate the sensitivity the show has and it does give us a perspective; life goes on but never forget/push aside the tragedy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    The show is called The Voice, hence it makes sense to use their beautiful voices to deliver the condolences.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I know you didn’t respond to me, but why do you believe that they aren’t truly affected by this tragedy and how do you know they won’t donate to the city? These are human beings. Yes they are famous celebrities but that doesn’t mean they don’ have feelings or compassion. Unless we know it was fake, i think it’s just wrong to suggest they are not being genuine. It was a nice tribute, just like the one SNL did. Can we just take something at face value? JMO, and I respect your opinion Hermeticallysealed. 

  • chillj

    I don’t doubt those there felt some need to express; they, after all have feelings, too.  At first, I wished they had not gone there, especially as I started flowing a river again, but ultimately it was pretty and contained and okay as they moved on to joy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “But seriously, it’s like a mediocre Las Vegas lounge act, straight down to the sparkly suit jacket.”

    Yeah, I agree, they made Nicholas look ridiculous, although his vocals were good.

  • chillj

    Good going, Nicholas!  That was upbeat and so much fun!

  • Niall

    Saturday Night Live deviated from their usual comedy opening by having a children’s choir sing “Silent Night.” It felt appropriate and I appreciated the acknowledgment of the tragedy. Same with what The Voice chose to do. It’s a singing show and they chose to use song as a tribute.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Aren’t they satisfied with the fact Cassadee is gonna win? Do they need to humiliate Nicholas too?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m amazed that this song sold so well on iTunes. For me, it’s just an OK song and Cassadee’s singing is just OK too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    The performance side was little much but the vocals were great. I’d give that a Solid B+

  • bahogbugan_simj

    i’m more put off by news agencies that treat the tragedy like some ongoing drama series complete with title sequence as opposed to some random entertainment show offering their own little way of showing their condolences

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I kind of felt that way too. 

  • bahogbugan_simj

    it was an entertaining mess. i like it LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Damn now, Cassadee made me cry again. I don’t know how Blake can hold it together each time he hears it when the song is about his late brother :(

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez, Blake. I know that you want Cassadee to win, but what’s with the excessive hyperbole? lol

  • kcostell

    Singing Hallelujah as a memorial like that seems like singing Born in the USA at a Republican campaign rally…pretty nonsensical unless you ignore ninety percent of the song.

  • chillj

    The entertainment shows Access Hollywood and ET are the worst.  It is not entertainment and they are exploiting.  

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    I agree that Nicholas is aware he’s not gonna win. They must follow social media buzz and iTunes rankings, after all.
    He’s proved he’s got a very good voice, so why not leave the show doing all the cheesy things he’s only dreamed of?

  • chillj

    Yeah, she doesn’t really have the pipes for it; kind of takes the power away.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Really? I don’t think that Nicholas ever dreamed of performing like that! lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I gone past the point of hoping for a good song choice for St Nick; he had gone through all the way based on his vocal power.  He did not disappoint, he delivered again.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Terry is singing really well.

  • chillj

    Blake is making Terry look verrrrrrry good.  Good thing Blake wasn’t aiming to be a rock star.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Again, Blake came across as a coach that does not play favourites :) Wonderful energetic performance and not compromising at all on Terry’s vocals.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Nicholas had a good chance of winning if the producers allowed someone who isn’t Cassadee to win. Tate Stevens has proven more than never that social media buzz doesn’t mean anything.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Well, you never know. lol

  • chillj

    Nicholas still has a good chance of winning.  It ain’t ovah until it’s ovah. He will not be defeated; it is underdog night!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Really enjoyed Terry’s duet with Blake.

  • quickjessie

    I loved Cass’ performance, just loved it.  And I think Terry did a wonderful job as well.  Never a fan of Nick so I’ll just leave that there.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Loving this so much; how I wish there are contemporary songs that could showcase Nicholas’ voice as great as this oldie.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     All right, but you just can’t ignore the girl sells. Producers have no power to affect itunes, for that matter.
    And I begin to wonder if all those top 10 songs were really due to her prior audience.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

     Even the montage of her Battle Round sold well on i-tunes. Just saying.

  • kmd23

     Nicholas sounded great. His vocals are just so good. There is always hope he can win this even though it is not likely.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     See? She might be exactly what they have been hoping for in previous seasons: someone who can sell just about anything! ;)

  • genius13

    Didn’t Terry have the pimp spot last week

  • chillj

    There are a few performers I just like to watch move.  Terry is one of them.  He moves well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Terry testifies how great vocalists rockers are!!!  It did not matter he started with that tech malfunction :)

  • sumidol

    Exactly I agree with you, however you want to grieve or display what you feel I say yes, this touched everyone to their very core, bleck? really, bleck? How cold, everyone from the sports shows in the morning to this show at night are hurting and showing it and respect to those that lost so much last week, I see nothing fake, only compassion

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They need a good singer to win, just it. IMHO, this obsession that people and TPTB are having with “marketable” singers is becoming extremely annoying. Cassade should be on X-Factor so she could be Cher Lloyd 2.0

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I must say Terry did better in the duets; but Cassadee’s performance is good too.  Her low register is not strong but still passable.  Enjoyed it :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    1600 Penn is a show I’m looking forward to. The West Wing is to date my favorite drama ever made so I have high hopes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I come to the realisation to what the definition of “the voice” differs; the voice also is not just about strong acrobatic vocals such as Adam Lambert or Xtina.  I love that type of voice but I realised now this is not true for the majority of listeners/record buyer out there.  The voice could be a tone/colours that might be pleasing to the majority and does not mean being those old-school strong voices.  So I do get why Cassadee is selling.  I’m ok cause she is not a bad singer and she does connect with her songs when she performs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I love all the reprise songs; Terry’s voice is just perfect :)

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     I have to disagree with you on this one. It’s not a ‘new’ obsession. You expect singers to sell. It’s a fact and how most of times their success is rated.
    And we all know that the winners of seasons 1 and 2 have not done so well when it comes to selling records (the one who actually released an album, at least). Even Idol addressed it in their new promo, making it clear they are the ones who’ve been making stars since the very beggining.
    Nowadays it’s not about being good, it’s about being popular. As unfortunate as it may be. IMO.

  • 1Can

     We must be listening to a different singer. I thought he was way of pitch on both solo`s.
     I happen to like I Want To Know Where Love Is.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    I thought that the tribute was beautifully done.

  • chillj

    “It is not about being good, it is about being popular”???  Such a strange statement:  I would rather be good.  You? How about being popular because you are good?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Wow Nicholas & Ceelo voices do complement each other!!! That boy should not be there til the end though, it takes away the spotlight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    MINI-CEE LO!! Cee Lo is just awesome.

  • kmd23

    That performance by Nicholas and Ceelo was fun. Very entertaining. St. Nick wins the night for me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    You are right, it’s about being popular now. And that’s the main reason why the ratings are decreasing overall, IMO. People are annoyed with all these manipulations so a “marketable singer’ can win. People just want to watch a good show with good singers, doing their best, which isn’t happening. JMO, anyway.

  • samuelgrant

    Can we just go ahead and hand Cassadee the trophy right now? Like, who votes for these other two?

  • samuelgrant

    Can we just go ahead and hand Cassadee the trophy right now? Like, who votes for these other two?

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    There are hundreds of artists out there I don’t consider good. Nevertheless, they manage to sell millions. Plus, I’m sure they consider themselves good enough to be out there, trying and succeding in a very tough business.

    Many good artists have to deal with things that less talented ones don’t even dream about. Being good and not being able to pay your bills surely can be disappointing. And, once again, this is just my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Did Cassadee REALLY need the pimp spot AGAIN???????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’m not even a fan of acrobatic vocals. I just think she’s a very weak singer, from every perspective, even about her supposed ability to “connect with a song”.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    I really liked that Nicholas, Cee-lo, and mini Cee-lo performance :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYMZ43XMLLAE6RVHJS4M6KNC5Y Dennis

    I really liked that Nicholas, Cee-lo, and mini Cee-lo performance :)

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Now I mostly agree with you.
    The only thing is: Cassadee is doing the best she can. Pitty it seems to be more than enough to pretty much everyone else. lol

  • dante

    I think Terry has the best voice

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    If or when Cassadee wins; she did it by giving her all.  Her voice is not the strongest but she does emote well.  She managed to give 3 solid performances.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I agree amongst the finalist Terry has the strongest voice but the tone I love most (maybe due to my age) is Nicholas’.  His voice is pure gold to me.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Cassadee wins, it was in the cards from TPTB weeks ago.  Terry is really the one who got bused tonight. The performance order did him no favors.

  • spycig

    The number shown for Cassadee and Terry are around the wrong way MJ…. Cassadee is 18558642303 and Terry is 18558642302

  • marysueal

    It looks as though Cassadee won this. Thanks for her pimping from Blake and her fans. No chance for the most talented singers which are Nicholas and Terry.

  • Valentin432

    The Voice has never been shy about promoting the contestants they want to win.
    AI or X factor are more subtle in a way, but I guess there’s a quality in the fact that Mark Burnett really doesn’t hide anything.

    Thanks to the “we wish Juliet Simms won” itunes download rule and the performances she did tonight, no way the win escapes Cassadee.

  • http://www.facebook.com/huba.buba.545 Huba Buba

    Well, Sheryl Crow she ain’t..

  • KatMyers

    OMFG!!  I am literally rolling on the floor with laughter!!  I wasn’t able to watch the show so I just watched the video – Nick’s performance with Ceelo was truly the lulzyest thing I have seen in like forever!

    What was Nick wearing???

    More importantly, WTF was Ceelo wearing?

    Where did they find mini Ceelo???

    The only thing that would have made this even funnier is if Nick had worn a co-ordinating outfit.  OMG this is pure gold!!!

  • fantoo1

    Juliett 2.0.

  • TheOther

    No record label can afford to carry someone just because they are a good singer. Record labels can’t survive on talent alone. They have to have artists who can turn a profit.  That’s call real life.

  • Christopher Auyeung

    /begin unpopular opinion/

    Cassadee’s Over You is probably my favorite performance from anyone this season. So glad to see her reprise it.

    /end unpopular opinion/

  • milwlovesadam

    Cassadee is pretty. So she wins it. She can join all the other pretty winners and finalists who don’t stand a chance in the biz. Sure she can sing, but unless she goes country she won’t sell music. IMHO.

    Vocally, Nicholas’ voice is like buttah. He has character, flair, is different, and his voice is sublime. If you just listen to his voice, and don’t watch him sing, you can hear it. Not that he’s bad to look at, at all, just to listen for the Voice. Isn’t that what this show is supposed to be?

    Hope Nicholas gets the win.

  • blackberryharvest

    Voted for Terry. I would love for TPTB to sh*t themselves after all that pimping of Cassedee. She is NOT a country singer, and if she is, then I fear the direction country music is going(more than I already do).

    Even if she does win, she will be forgotten about, just like the rest of the Voice contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I didn’t mind Cassadee tonight (well, her duet with Blake was pretty lame), but I’m still having trouble wrapping my head around her entering this contest as a solo artist almost directly after coming from a pretty successful band. At least TRY to make it on your own first.  If next year’s finalists include a “girl with a band on the Vans Warped Tour who has a boyfriend from a more famous band on the Vans Warped Tour” then I’m done with this show.  I listened to one of her solo tracks and it sounds like Avril Lavigne on helium singing a Taylor Swift song about her friend’s mean boyfriend. I don’t see why that wouldn’t work for her commercially. 

    Terry’s last performance was the most impressive to me tonight because it was pure guts and will.  He was pumped full of steroids and antibiotics a couple of days ago and his voice is dead, but damn if he didn’t pull that off and actually make it better than the first time around.  I’m still confused that he got this far without ever even showing who he is musically.  There is zero 80s American cheese influence in the stuff that he writes and he doesn’t even sing in his highest range for the most part.   His band is named after a Ride song and they had a couple of songs that sound like they would have fit right in on Travis’ Invisible Band album (one of my faves). I don’t get it. Whatever, I hope there is a Christmas miracle and he wins.  I honestly have never heard a Scottish band that I didn’t like, so I may be a sucker that way. 

    Nicolas definitely didn’t have the right songs tonight, but he is awesome and I need to check out his band’s stuff too. 

  • Susan

    Eh, I like Terry’s voice.  I like 80’s music.  And I have that Mr. Mister album. ;)

  • alt28023

    Yikes Cassadee struggled with the low notes in “Cry”. She won me over with her cover of “Over You” but I can’t say I enjoyed this performance. I had to go listen to Faith’s version after it just to remind myself that wasn’t the way it was suppose to be sung.

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeWillis Willis White

    I’ve only casually watched The Voice this year but Cassadee has been the front runner/winner all season.

    I was recently at a dinner with some personal friends of Nicholas. They were convinced he was going to win the whole thing. I gently broke it to them that it would most likely go to Cassadee. Yeah, she came in with a big advantage. Even I know who she was from her spot in the Degrassi goes Hollywood movie. That’s just the breaks. Luckily my prediction that Nicholas would make top 3 came true.

    Personally, Terry is my favorite. I downloaded his Foreigner track.

  • girlygirltoo

    So Cassadee claims she wants to be a pop star, but she keeps singing country songs. Yeah, that doesn’t work for me, although she gives good performances of these.

  • twodollars

    I own that album as well. I was stoked to see someone break out Mr Mister. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them sung on AI, X-Factor or the Voice., so it was something new. I do wish that he sand Kyrie though. That was my favorite song of theirs.

  • twodollars

     I have to wonder why Terry didn’t speak up and request to sing more current songs on the show. I am sure Blake would have been fine with that.

    Cassadee would be better off going following the pop/country route that Taylor Swift has used. Her voice is well suited to that genre and pop/rock or rock is not all that popular right now.

  • twodollars

     When is the last time a pretty woman won a singing competition? Jordin Sparks 5 years ago, but she was a much better singer than Blake Lewis. Before that, Carrie Underwood on AI S4. No woman has won The Voice at all.

    I do agree that she won’t sell unless she goes country or pop/country though.

  • marysueal

    People who vote for these other two as you say are people who see just as much talent as Cassadee. I’m sure you are undoubtedly thinking with something other than just your brain like many other guys when they comment like you.

  • 611Juniper

     The don’t need money in the town … it’s an affluent community. 

  • Ratna12

    I wish that Cee Lo Green did not cut Avery Wilson when he did, it would have been a more interesting competition.
    Tomorrow will be the most suspenseful Finale ever…Not.

    Cassadee deserves the win because there was no contest IMO and I’m not talking about the Voice even though that is the show is about, but let’s face it, she has the bigger potential to sell albums.
    I thought her last song was a coronation song already with her dress, the stage background, and of course she almost always sings last.

  • genius13

    As of 5 A.M. Cassadee’s “Cry” is number 1 on iTunes and “Over You” is at number 6–I think she pretty much has this locked up

    Terry’s “Broken Wings” is at number 8

    Nicholas’ highest charting song is “Great Balls of Fire” at number 19

    So I’m betting that were looking at a:

    1.Cassadee- Winner
    2.Terry- Runner-up
    3.Nicholas- 2nd Runner-up

    Very Predictable

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    From the label perspective, you are obviously right. But from the viewer perspective, it doesn’t matter. The viewer wants to watch a good show with good singers/performers. Weak singers, or good singers doing bad, because they were thrown under the bus are a turn-off to some viewers. We`ve seen how the ratings decrease when the performances aren’t good. It doesn’t matter for NBC having an artist who can sell diamond if it doesn’t help the ratings. The best scenario would be a good singer who’s also marketable. But the show should never manipulate to crown a winner who isn’t a good singer, but is marketable. It’ll backfire on them, IMO.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “His personal song choice, the Jerry Lee Jimi mashup was totally cruise ship material.”

    Whoa! That was Nicholas’ song choice? I figured that he had been bussed by the producers/CeeLo, but now I think that he made a very bad song/performance choice and bussed himself. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sue_sd Sue Heim

    I’ve come to realize that I’m just not a fan of Cassadee’s — I’m really not a fan of her voice. I think it’s the tone. Yeah, she can hit the big notes but every single song sounds exactly the same.

    I love Nicholas but I agree I think it’s not likely he can win. I think he’s got a great voice with some real depth.

    I think Terry will be a real winner if he can start to sing his own stuff. He’s been stuck in a box because he can’t sing his own songs — once he’s out of this show and doing his own thing I think he’ll do well.

    Most marketable? Cassadee? (Unfortunately)
    Most all around enjoyable? Nicholas.
    Most likely to succeed without a lot of push? Terry.

    Will any of these three do any better than the two preceding winners? I don’t know. I think the losers (Chris Mann) has done better than the winners, right? (Although someone please, put a cork in that Raelynn person.)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Have you heard the rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by CeeLo and Christina? I didn’t think that there was any way that their voices would blend, but CeeLo’s lower register is beautiful and makes their duet beautiful. I’m impressed by CeeLo as a vocalist.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “How about being popular because you are good?”

    I think that would be the best way to be regarded.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I expect this performance will be #1 on iTunes by tomorrow morning.”

    Your crystal ball is working really well, MJ. ;)

    iTunes rankings for The Voice songs from last night as of 7:55 AM EST:

    1.  Cry – Cassadee Pope
    6.  Broken Wings – Terry McDermott
    7.  Over You – Cassadee Pope
    13. I Want to Know What Love is – Terry McDermott
    18. Great Balls of Tire/Fire – Nicholas David
    36. Dude (Looks Like a Lady) – Blake and Terry
    42. Steve McQueen – Blake and Cassadee
    48. Play that Funky Music – CeeLo and Nicholas
    53. Lean on Me – Nicholas David

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, Cassadee isn’t a strong singer, but she’s pretty and seems nice. I think that she may be the most commercially successful and easily marketable.

  • jlgspj22

    MJ I’m shocked you didn’t mention Cassadee’s mullet dress in her last song lol :)

  • justmefornow

    After watching these videos, I too have to say Cassadee probably has this in the bag. She’s really nothing special though, bad lower register, average 90’s pop/rock voice, meh.

    Terry was his usual limited range, week voiced, pitchy self, but lol at Adam playing guitar in the wig.

    Nicholas’ song choices did him no favors, but I loved mini Ceelo, lol, what cheese!

    All in all I’m glad I didn’t waste my time watching this show and just caught the vids here. I really don’t see any of them being big after the show. Oh well.

  • Jae

    Half naked Adam was the best moment in the show followed by mini Cece lo. I personally thought nick was the most entertaining tonight though I wish he had sung something that would clue me in to what sort of album he would put out.

  • mmb

    I can’t muster up an enormous amount of enthusiasm for any of the three, but Cassadee should win IMO.  And I think she probably will win — just don’t think Terry is quite cute enough or his performances quite compelling enough to really grab the female vote (but what do I know….maybe he will win).  Cassadee has confused me a bit on the show.  Is she a kinda 90s pop/rock girl a la Sheryl Crow/Michelle Branch et al?  Is she a pop/country singer?  Is she going in an hac/pop direction or a country direction?  I guess Blake had her do the more country pop stuff because it fits her voice well, and is audience pleasing.  But I thought she came on the show as more of a rock girl.  Just curious as to how she will be marketed after she wins.  In some respects she reminds me of a Carrie U/Kelly C hybrid

  • chillj

    Well, uh, yeah.  I looked at my comment and the comment I responded to later and decided I musta had a giant brain fart.  I think we were discussing totally different topics.

  • jga94

    If it were just about “the voice” I think Terry should win…the Mr. Mister song was a bad choice….granted he leans towards classic rock…he could have chosen cool classic ones…like when he chose The Who or Maybe I’m Amazed….now those are the clssics worth singing in contests……and IMO that song did not suit him so well….I wish he could have sung a U2 song or even Coldplay or Linkin Park

    Nicholas was like throwing away the towel or maybe he just wanted to entertain….idk…

    Cassadee was fine…Blake knows how to hide her weaknesses with the songs he chooses for her….Blake sure did her favors by stirring her in the country pop route….those songs suit her well…nice high register, just not very versatile voice….

  • irockhard

    Well Cassadee’s highest selling songs on iTunes are her country covers, so take guess what will happen when Universal Republic gets their hands on her.

  • irockhard

    Well Cassadee’s highest selling songs on iTunes are her country covers, so take guess what will happen when Universal Republic gets their hands on her.

  • Kirsten

     

    When is the last time a pretty woman won a singing competition? Jordin
    Sparks 5 years ago, but she was a much better singer than Blake Lewis.
    Before that, Carrie Underwood on AI S4. No woman has won The Voice at
    all.

    Melanie Amaro won on the X-Factor US last year.

  • Trina

    Manipulation can only go so far. If manipulating viewers worked like a charm E3 wouldnt have been booted from XF last week. And being a good singer certainly isnt the answer to everything. Javier was a good singer who turned in some beautiful performances and sold well on iTunes. Melanie Amaro was a good singer, some AI winners were good singers but flopped.  And Cassadee, for the first time since Amanda left, I voted for her last night and bought “Cry”. She moved me when she sang that and for the first time I GOT her. I got why shes been dominating iTunes. and why she’s liked. No matter how much producers may want her to win they certainly arent holding a gun to viewers heads forcing people to buy her tracks on there. 

    All that said I think she would make a good winner and probably the first winner TPTB support. I wouldnt be shocked to see Terry win either and I dont mind him. Nick, eh this is where opinions obviously vary. I cant stand to look OR listen to him and IMO if he were to win he would be hidden even more than Jermaine Paul.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Yeah, I got really pissed at Access Hollywood and ET. It reeked of exploitation.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I haven’t been watching this show. I was on FB and I started seeing a lot of ‘I voted for Nicholas’ showing up on my timeline. I decided to tune in to see who the heck that was. All I could think of was, really???

    The opening tribute had me bawling.  Hallelujah seems a bizarre choice other than it’s sound and good choice for a choir. These lyrics are especially creepy:

    Maybe there’s a God above
    But all I’ve ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya

  • TheOther

    A show like The Voice isn’t going to last 11 seasons, if they can’t produce contestants who are marketable. That’s why Idol is still be the gold standard of these types of shows. Even though Lee Dewyze has become the punching bag for not being a successful Idol winner, he will have a better career than any of The Voice winners so far.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think most people don’t realize those words are there, and they didn’t sing them. 

    Thank you, Voice, for not ignoring our littlest new angels. Tears again but that’s okay.

    I have no issue with anyone, everyone, expressing their despair over this tragic event. 

    I agree with you.  This was tastefully done.  I have been crying a lot, too.  I enjoyed watching The Voice.  It brought me some cheer.  All finalists did a nice job, and I do believe Cassadee will win.

  • chillj

    I can’t watch that stuff any more; there is a lot of stuff I can’t watch any more.

  • chillj

    Holy molly, I sure miss a lot of lyrics.

  • http://twitter.com/KobeAnd8 Kobe

    As of 10 AM EST, these are the rankings and how much copies were sold
    within the last 24 hours:

     

    # 1   Cassadee Pope – Cry (32,057
    copies)

    #6    Terry McDermott –
    Broken Wings (14,025 copies)

    #7    Cassadee Pope – Over
    You (12,985 copies)

    #12  Terry McDermott – I
    Want To Know What Love Is (10,081 copies)

    #14  Nicholas David – Great
    Balls Of Fire/Fire (9,016 copies sold)

    #34  Blake Shelton &
    Terry McDermott – Dude (Looks Like A Lady) (5,259 copies)

    #37  Cee Lo Green &
    Nicholas David – Play That Funky Music (5,009 copies)

    #38  Blake Shelton &
    Cassadee Pope – Steve McQueen (4,946 copies)

    #45  Nicholas David – Lean
    On Me (3,964 copies)

     

     

    Additional singles in the top 100 iTunes chart:

     

    #26   Cassadee Pope – Stupid
    Boy (6,011 copies)

    #73   Terry McFermott – Let
    It Be (2,393 copies)

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Do you have a copy of the lyrics they did sing? 

  • Reflects On Life

    I love what Faith Hill does with Cry (dripping with anger, bitterness, resentment, sarcasm), so Casadee’s version, while well-sung, falls far short.  In fact, I’m not sure I heard any interpretation at all from her.  But people don’t know Cry very well, and it came out long enough ago that the two versions don’t bear immediate comparison.  Ironically, it’s a song that could have been rearranged as a pop-rock anthem or even a pop-punk anthem IMO (given the lyrics especially), so if Casadee had sung it that way, she might have more naturally gravitated to singing it with more zest or anger.

    The best moment of singing in the whole program was Xtina’s solo during Hallelujah. Moved me to tears.

    The whole program last night was either good or entertaining.  The worst was probably the Casadee/Blake duet.  She is quite pitchy when she goes midtempo. And honky-tonk is clearly not her thing. Nicholas’s mashup was just odd, and Terry’s duet with Blake was like 2 buddies singing a ditty over beers after work.

    Overall, I think The Voice US3 did a great job of selecting its top 6.  Many (incl me) might disagree with the order of that 6.  But each deserved to be in the top 6 for different reasons.  A very satisfying and entertaining season of good music overall.

  • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

    Can’t we just give Cassadee the trophy now? Almost all of her songs charted on iTunes Top 200 and she’s the only one with two songs in the Top 10 and three on the Top 50 charts. I like the two contestants but there really is no competition at this point. They might be better singers but they’re just not current enough.

    Terry
    #5 Broken Wings#12 I Want to Know What Love Is
    #73 Let It Be
    #132 Maybe I’m Amazed
    #157 Don’t Stop Believin
    #178 Carry On Wayward SonNick
    #15 Great Balls of Fire/Fire
    #44 Lean On Me
    #127 Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    #140 You Are So Beautiful

    Cass
    #1 Cry#6 Over You#24 Stupid Boy#125 Torn#138 Stand#146 Not Over You#147 I’m With You#163 Are You Happy Now?#195 Payphone