By the time The Voice UK finished airing taped shows last spring, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. After the Knockout round, the last two weeks of live shows were postponed indefinitely. Now, FINALLY, after 7 months, the show is ready to crown a winner.
After last weekend’s semi-final, 4 singers remained–one from each team–to compete for the crown. The final four was determined by the coaches–will.i.am, Meghan Trainor, Tom Jones and Olly Murs–because these last two episodes were taped ahead of time. The winner was determined by the virtual audience.
Competing for the crown were Jonny Brooks from Team Tom, Brooke Scullion from Team Meghan, Blessing Chitapa from Team Olly and Gevanni Hutton from Team Will.
The show opens with a coaches group number of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.” It would be funny if Meghan joined in from Zoom. The pregnant coach is appearing remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The finalists will sing solo, after which voting will open. Then, the singers will perform duets with their respective coaches. However, because Meghan is remote, Brooke will sing a duet with Meghan’s friend, Ella Eyre.
Brooke Scullion – Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks – Team Meghan Trainor – Her Irish grannies are her biggest fans. Also, Brooke was a 4 chair turn. It’s a good song choice for Brooke’s style and vocal range. However, she doesn’t really put her own stamp on it. That last note was shouty. Brooke has pitch problems she needs to work on. Meghan has never been so proud in her entire life. Will calls it “spectacular” and notes that she didn’t sound karaoke. Olly says she’s been phenomenal throughout the competition. “A lot of fire there,” says Tom.
Gevanni Hutton – You’ve Got a Friend by Carole King – Team Will – Gevanni was the weakest singer of Will’s team. Will chose him over an all around singer/performer last week. Will’s strong identification with the young singer is driving his choices, unfortunately. This is an odd song choice. Gevanni is doing a better job staying on key this week…that is until he hits the high notes. Will is proud that he didn’t need any props. “You touched my heart.” Tom calls all of his performances “perfect.” He adds, “It’s an honest performance that you do.” Meghan got “full body chills.” She noted his control was better this week (true). Olly says he’s grown from a boy to a man in this competition.
Jonny Brooks – Falling by Harry Styles – Team Tom – Tom forced the wrong song on Jonny last week. But this week’s song choice is a big improvement. Not as cheesy, but it still allows Jonny to use his range and emotion to deliver an impactful performance. Oh. He shaved. Tom says his name sounds like a star, and so did his performance. Olly calls him the one that got away. Meghan got goosebumps. “You evolve every performance.” Will compliments his powerful voice.
Blessing Chitapa – Before I Go by Marisha Wallace – Team Olly – Blessing is a big voiced singer with gospel influences. She’s going for all the notes, including some notes in her head voice that don’t quite land. She’s shouty. Less is often more. In a few years she could be a force. But not quite yet. Olly calls it a “winner’s performance.” Will says Blessing lights up the room. Tom compares it to a Grammy performance. Meghan calls her range crazy. “You make it look so easy and fun,” she says.
Jonny Brooks and Tom Jones – Drift Away by Dobie Gray – Tom’s late wife wanted him to cover it. Now, he finally is. Jonny shines on the retro songs. It’s a good song choice for both. A strong performance–their voices are very compatible.
Brooke Scullion and Ella Eyer – Giant by Rag ‘n Bone Man ft Calvin Harris – With pregnant Meghan unable to travel, she chooses Ella to duet with Brooke. Sharing the stage with a pro is elevating Brooke’s game. She seems more confident than usual. Also, Ella is a better duet match than Meghan would have been, I think.
Gevanni Hutton and will.iam – No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley – Will mentions again how much he identifies with the 18 year old’s story. They are dedicating the performance to their moms. Will is overwhelming Gevanni, which probably isn’t a bad thing. That was kind of messy. Again, Will ignored better performers on his team. “When I’m a Dad I want a kid like Gevanni,” says Will.
Blessing Chitapa and Olly Murs – Hold Back the River by James Bay – The verse is too low for Blessing. But the two had to make allowances for their respective vocals, which aren’t alike at all. The chorus works, the rest of the song not so much.
Next, Brit Award winner Celeste performs her new single, “A Little Love.”
Next, host Emma Willis announces the Top 2 who will face off against each other with their winner’s single. And it’s Jonny Brooks and Blessing Chitapa. Brook Scullion and Gevanni Hutton are eliminated.
The voting opens up again for the final two performances. All the votes from the evening will count.
Jonny Brooks – Torn by Natalie Imbruglia – Team Tom – Hm. This song choice. I’m not feeling it. Jonny is terrific when he has the right song. Unfortunately. song choices have been hit and miss all season. He doesn’t seem uncomfortable like he did last week. Tom is thrilled Jonny is in the final two.
Blessing Chitapa – Angels by Robbie Williams – Team Olly – Blessing gets a big show stopper. Her high notes are screechy. She finishes with a few tears. Olly is feeling emotional himself.
It’s time to announce the winner! Jonny and Blessing join Emma on stage.
And the winner is….Blessing Chitapa. Eh. I prefered Jonny. He was the only adult in the final, and the only fully formed talent on stage.
Meanwhile, Olly Murs wins The Voice two seasons in a row. Blessing wins a record contract. We’ll see what happens.
WINNER – Blessing Chitapa – Team Olly Murs
Runner-up – Jonny Brooks – Team Tom Jones