'The Voice' artist Matt McAndrew stuns coach Adam Levine with his original song "Wasted Love"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/16/2014
The Voice finalist Matt McAndrew might've sealed the deal with his original song during the seventh season's final performance show on NBC.
Matt and The Voice's other three remaining finalists were each given three songs to perform Monday night, with one being a tune written for them by their coach and music industry professionals. This marks the first time in The Voice history an original song has been sung by a contestant.
While Damien, Chris Jamison and Craig Wayne Boyd performed songs created for them, Matt sang a song he had actually written and composed himself. The song was entitled "Wasted Love."
The fact Matt performed a song of his own appeared to win him some brownie points, not to mention it was an amazing song. His coach Adam Levine was so taken aback by the performance that he insisted he should win the competition -- a comment he later regretted since he realized he also has two other outstanding singers, Chris and Damien, still in the running for the title.
After the coaches applauded Matt on their feet, Matt received his extremely positive feedback.
"We couldn't ask for a better leader and teacher to go out and sing these songs the way you do, man," Pharrell Williams told him.
"I completely got lost in that performance. I'm literally, like, writing lyrics in my mind. You took me to a place of, like, I was getting creative! The song is really great and it's a really great song for you. Thank you because you're really inspiring," Gwen Stefani said.
"Matt and I, we've been working 24/7 on this song. I was like, 'If we're going to put an original song out there, I was not going to let it not be incredible.' And man, you were -- this is the first time on this show this has ever happened. But Matt McAndrew just sang his own song that was not only just his own song, but it was an amazing song," Adam gushed.
"It's one of the best songs I've ever heard in my life! I know all the words already because I'm a fan of that song. I'm not kidding. I am a huge fan of this guy and he's not even done winning yet! I swear to God, this kid is so special. I can't gush -- well, I can gush too much about him because I am right now. But God, dude, I'm just so proud of you and I'm almost on the verge of tears with you man. I love you."
One of The Voice's Top 4 seventh-season finalists will be crowned the winner during Tuesday night's two-hour finale at 9PM ET/PT on NBC.