The Voice, season 6 live finale. Christina Grimmie and Adam Levine duet. Credit: NBC/Tyler Golden
The finalists took the stage for their last shot at winning America’s votes. Each delivered three performances: a song chosen by America, a duet with their coach and a new performance.
Christina Grimmie (Team Adam) started the show with her blind audition song, Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” chosen by America. Although it took a while to pick up, she once again delivered a powerful performance. Grimmie and Adam Levine then gave a high register performance to Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody I Used to Know” and had a strong big-brother-little-sister stage presence. Grimmie later performed Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” and finished out the song with a breathtaking ending – literally, I don’t know how she holds notes that long.
Josh Kaufman and coach Usher chose to sing “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. Although their harmony was in sync, the awkward dude duet had these two singing on clouds of smoke. America chose for Kaufman to resing Stevie Wonder’s “Sign, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” After battling against Delvin Choice with this song during the second Round of Battles, Usher stole Kaufman from Team Adam. Singing this song the second time around made his coach proud. Finally, Kaufman closed out the night with a surprising, maybe not the best, song choice to Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” He seemed a little out of his element but coach Usher was on his feet with excitement.
Even more awkward then the Usher-Kaufman performance was Blake Shelton and Shakira’s duet to “Medicine,” a single on Shakira’s new album. Blake looked as though he wanted to get off the stage just as soon as he stepped on it.
America also chose for Jake Worthington (Team Blake) to finish out the season with the song he began with, Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes." Worthington sat on the lower platform of the stage and gave a vocally solid performance but the anemone of hands from the audience was a little distracting. Worthington returned to the stage singing a countrified version of Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting.” Unfortunately the stage props were a little more entertaining then the performance. But the night was saved after Adam and Usher sang a sexy little number to D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does it Feel).” At last, Worthington and Blake really brought out the southern in their soul singing “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Hank Williams Jr.