Season 21 of The voice was a rollercoaster ride for viewers. Excellent singers like Team John Legend’s Samuel Harness is out. Dubious ones like Team Ariana Grande’s Jim and Sasha Allen have gotten further than maybe they should have. And somehow, Team Legend’s superlative, Jershika Maple, was forced to sing for the Wildcard Instant Save during Tuesday’s semifinal results show.
she at least did, in fact win the Instant Save.
However, could the powerhouse win the whole bitch? Deserving as she is, it is doubtful. Just ask Rose Short (Season 17), Kennedy Holmes (Season 15), Kyla Jade (Season 14)…Should I continue?
Of the other four acts in the damn excellent Final Five, Team Blake Shelton’s Wendy Moten, despite awe-inspiring pipes that scored her a hit in the ’90s, seemed too often aloof in her performances to be a true frontrunner. The audience can’t invest in her if it doesn’t feel like she’s invested in the lyrics she sings.
Teammate Paris Winningham is an exceptionally good singer, but has failed to generate real mania. Team Kelly Clarkson’s Hailey Mia has the “OMG, she’s only 14” thing for her – her coach has reminded us of her age enough times to make sure of that! – but has no wow factor. You’ll also remember that she had to sing for the Instant Save to survive the Live Playoffs. That just stays…
Yes. Team Kelly’s girl named Tom. The Liechty siblings certainly have their opponents; does anyone on TV? not? Recap commentators have complained that they are the same old week after week (ignoring that their “same old” is stunningly beautiful). Readers have suggested that Bekah wears her brothers — and, on the other hand, that they wear her. But at the end of the day they deliver a one-two-three punch which I predict will prove to be unbeatable:
1. Their singing is not only good, they are exquisite. See – or, better yet, to belong – below.
2. They’re so comfortable on stage you’d swear they were born with mics in their hands.
3. They have the momentum of a runaway freight train. Viewers are generally just as excited about them as their coach, to the point that they’ve never lost. They won their battle. They won their knockout. And they never qualified for elimination. Ever. What is left for them to win, except the whole match?