This weekend, my brother got married, and in the midst of the jubilation I was reminded of the very sobering fact that lifetimes flash by in mere moments, the passage of time moving as quickly as the cashier at Chipotle and just as rudely. Now, you may think I’m about to compare this season of The Voice to my epiphany about growing pains, but alas, I’m here to say the opposite. No season of a show has ever felt longer than this.
But hey, we’re here. We made it through live rounds and battle rounds and playoff rounds and round rounds and here we are, in the midst of the season six finale with no clear winner. Sure, there’s an argument to be made that Josh Kaufman has consistently been the best singer all season long and, his insane fire-fueled finale performance notwithstanding, is most vocally deserving of walking away with the crown. And there’s another argument for Jake Worthington, the endearing Southern charmer who hasn’t hit the bottom three and could be just as much at home singing in front of a hundred county fair attendees or a million CMA viewers. And then there’s Christina Grimmie, who could slip right into today’s pop landscape with relative ease and you’d never question where she was or why she hasn’t been there this whole time. Yes, the finale could go anywhere.
A nice retrospective leads us in to tonight’s live episode, the very last time (until next year’s finale) we’ll get to see Josh’s squishy face and Christina’s squinty eyes and Jake’s soft velvet cheek pillows at the same time. Blake puts it nicely that all the artists are on their second chance: Christina was saved, Josh was stolen, and Jake returned after not getting on the show prior to this season. Much like a Cheez-It dropped in a tub of red pepper hummus, sometimes things can appear lost before they are FOUND. And these artists were found, for our aural pleasure, by their coaches.
(Also, let’s give a shout-out to poor Shakira, who suffered through some highs and many, many lows this season but still came out smiling in the end, even if her team was eliminated before the finale. Kristen Merlin, we hardly knew ye.)
Let’s get right to it.
FIRST: A Series of Christina Grimmie Events