'The Voice's Top 4 finalists each prove why they're worthy of winning
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/16/2014
The Voice's Top 4 finalists delivered and blew the coaches away in their own right during Monday night's final performance show of the NBC reality singing competition's seventh season.
Damien, Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, and Craig Wayne Boyd each sang three songs -- a coach's pick, a duet with their coach and an original song created for them by their coach and top songwriters in the music industry. Damien, Matt and Chris are all on coach Adam Levine's team, while Craig represents Blake Shelton's team.
Adam picked "A Song For You" for Damien, who is this season's "Wild Card" finalist. After singing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" with Adam, Damien performed his original song "Soldier" and it proved to be extremely catchy. All four coaches gave him a standing ovation for it.
"This is crazy. I am so proud. I am just bursting with pride for all three of these guys because they've listened to me through and through, you've taken my guidance but you still stayed strong in who you are. Look at how unbelievably well you're thriving. This makes me the happiest coach -- win or lose -- that I could possibly be in the entire world," Adam told him.
Craig's original song "My Baby's Got a Smile On Her Face" certainly put a smile on everyone's face. It was a song Blake had previously written for himself.
"I haven't been that nervous about a performance on this show, maybe ever! Maybe ever since I've been doing this as a coach, but man, I said it before and I mean it, that song was meant for you. It found its way to you. I've been carrying it around for years just knowing there was something special about it and not knowing that this was going to happen, man. Congratulations, dude!" Blake told his artist.
Craig also sang "Boots On" with Blake and "In Pictures," which was selected for him by his coach. "In Pictures" was a real tear-jerker.
Chris' original song "Velvet" fit his sound and vibe perfectly. He also got a standing ovation from all four coaches. Pharrell Williams told him "a star was born" on the stage and Adam insisted any of his three artists deserved to win the competition. Adam repeatedly expressed his pride and reiterated how far Chris has come as a performer.
Additionally, Chris sang Adam's pick of "Cry Me a River" -- which also earned him a standing ovation from all the coaches -- and a duet with Adam of "How Does It Feel." Adam called Chris his "Young Jedi."
Matt's original song was called "Wasted Love" and he wrote it himself. He also got all the coaches up on their feet. Coach Gwen Stefani said she got lost in the song and felt inspired, and Adam just found the performance "incredible." Adam noted it was one of the best songs he's ever heard in his life and gushed about how Matt should win The Voice, although he later apologized for saying that prematurely.
Matt also took the stage with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," which was his coach's pick, as well as "Lost Stars," which was his duet with Adam.