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The Voice: Season 12, Final Four, 5/22/17

May 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

by Lyn Jensen

Tonight the winner of The Voice, Season 12, is revealed. Last night the final four sang and America voted. Each contestant debuted their first single, sang one song selected for them, and one duet with their coach:

1. Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake):  Her single is “You’ll Never be Lonely,” a radio-friendly song with teen appeal.

2.  Jesse Larson (Team Adam):  He gives the Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ it to the Streets” a dramatic flourish, but it may not be the kind of performance that gets millions of downloads. Alicia tells him, “Your voice has never sounded better.” Adam says, “We never deviated from who you are.”

3.  Chris Blue and Alicia Keys duet a romantic Prince song, “Diamonds and Pearls.” 

4.  Lauren Duski (Team Blake): She shows her considerable emotional and musical range by singing “The Dance” as a tribute to her time on The Voice. (Garth Brooks would probably admit Duski’s a better singer than he is.) It’s a song and performance that calls forth strong emotions–and is likely to call forth millions of downloads. The judges and audience love it.

5.  Aliyah Moulden and Blake Sheldon get bluesy for “Dancin’ in the Street.” He upstages her–if Glen Campbell ever sang “Dancin’ in the Street,” this is probably what he’d sound like.

6.  Chris Blue (Team Alicia):  His new single is a contemporary R&B song, “Money on You.” It’s fun and radio-friendly and he sings it with flashy showmanship–a little like Adam Lambert. The crowd’s reaction rivals the one Duski got.

7.  Jesse Larson and Adam Levine sing and show off their guitar skills with Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

8.  Lauren Duski and Blake Sheldon copy the Hank Williams Sr./Jr. recording of “Tear in my Beer.” She’s forgetting the words or has a problem with the mix–or something–and as a result Sheldon upstages his young contestant again (just like he did with Moulden).

9.  Jesse Larson’s new single:  He’s aiming for the AOL or adult-contemporary demographic with his rendition of Chris Stapleton’s romantic power ballad, “Woman.”

10.  Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake):  Moulden’s style has been all over the spectrum but she appears to have found her lane with contemporary R&B. Unfortunately Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, and Delivered” isn’t all that contemporary. Something from the 21st century probably would have suited her better.

11.  Lauren Duski’s new single:  She wrote it herself–she’s been a singer-songwriter chasing that neon rainbow in Nashville for a few years, after all. (I still haven’t heard her do “Chasin’ that Neon Rainbow.”) Her song is a bittersweet breakup ballad, “Deja Vu.” She’s a favorite to win, she’s already had a number-one iTunes download, and Blake predicts she’ll have another with this song. (She did.)

12.  Chris Blue (Team Alicia):  He sings “Rhythm Nation.” This is probably the song Moulden should’ve sung–and we must look at the fact that Blue and Moulden are splitting the urban vote. Larson has urban appeal, too. That leaves Duski with the entire Southern and Heartland country audience all to herself. That tells us who’s going to win, even before we look at the iTunes charts.

My vote’s for Jesse Larson but he lacks the demographics–and the iTunes downloads–to win. The iTunes chart shows Duski with an edge over Blue, although Larson’s beating Moulden. Go to www.nbc.com/behindthevoice to see the final four’s music videos.

Tonight at 9 The Voice (Season 12) begins its two-hour finale.

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