The moment has arrived — The Voice season 17 Top 4 will face off in the live finale Monday (Dec. 16) to compete for your votes and the prize money and recording contract that comes with winning the popular reality singing competition.
In the finale, each singer will perform three times — a solo song, a holiday duet with his or her coach, and an original song. Here’s what we know about the performances.
Songs: “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry, and “A Woman Like Her” (original).
Tom Petty is a great choice for Ricky Duran’s smooth rock voice and going upbeat is also a good choice for the finale. That is also obviously the idea behind “Run Rudolph Run,” but for some reason, this just doesn’t do it for us. It would have been kind of cool if Duran and coach Blake Shelton had tried the David Bowie-Bing Crosby “Little Drummer Boy” duet.
Duran’s original song “A Woman Like Her” is a ballad, very John Mayer-esque, which is interesting. We thought for sure his original song would be more of a rock song. Hopefully, his fans like the quieter, more lowkey number.
Songs: “Amazed” by Lonestar, “Wintersong” by Sarah McLachlan, and “Better Off Without You” (original).
“Amazed” is a great choice for Jake Hoot, it is very much in his easy-listening country wheelhouse. “Wintersong” is an interesting choice because it’s kind of obscure, but Hoot and Kelly Clarkson’s voices sound great together on the preview clip. And Hoot’s original song “Better Off Without You” should be quite popular with the audience. It’s an upbeat, fun country song that sounds like something Blake Shelton or Brooks & Dunn would record.
Songs: “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, “Merry Christmas Baby” by Charles Brown, and “All Better” (original).
“I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” is an interesting choice. Not at all what we would think of for Katie, but she sings the heck out of it in the preview clip.
Speaking of the preview clips, if they are any indication, Kadan and coach John Legend are going to absolutely slay “Merry Christmas Baby.” It’s a super fun jazz standard that they sound great on in the clip. “All Better” is a wonderful original song for Kadan. It’s super bluesy and lets her really show off her soulful voice.
Songs: “Border Song” by Elton John, “My Gift Is You” by Gwen Stefani, and “Steamroller” (original).
“Border Song” has quite the gospel feel to it, so that’s a perfect choice for her voice. She has a wonderful church-choir-soloist quality when she sings. Similarly, “Steamroller” is a bluesy rockin’ gospel song that really suits Short’s voice.
“My Gift Is You” is an OK choice. Coach Gwen Stefani and Rose Short have such different voices that this one was probably a hard song to figure out. It’s a shame that Short’s coach isn’t Clarkson because they could have really nailed one of the harder Christmas songs, like “O Holy Night” or something.
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