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If you read TVLine’s fearless predictions on the The voiceThis weekend’s Season 21 finale, you already know who I think will be in next week’s finale. (If you haven’t, you can catch up here.) Monday night’s question was which of the 8 best acts actually sang like they belonged finally ? And… ? Who has? Read on. You know how it works!

Jim and Sasha Allen (Team Ariana), “Mrs. Robinson” – Grade: C | In rehearsal, the father / son duo felt like they were going to deliver a perfectly charming cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, which they attributed to the support of loved ones and their trainer (who apparently spent hours deliberating with them on their selection of songs). . And, in fact, the Allens started off pretty strong. Bouncy Sasha even managed to stay still on stage (at least until he leaps up to retrieve his guitar from Ari). But then one of them got a little unsure of their harmonies, and what was perfectly charming turned out to be the best, eh, imperfectly beautiful. Still, it was a fun performance, mostly painless. Unbelievable? No thanks? Yes.

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Jershika Maple (Team Legend), “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – Grade: A | Discussing song choice with her trainer, Jershika explained that she sees the sun in the title as her dreams – if he / they go to bed, well, how dark would that be? On stage, the 25-year-old Texan worked her low register like a gym rat could her biceps. She flexed and flexed until you – or at least me – said “Holy shit!” Every step of the way, she was a portrait of presence personified. There would be no verification of your cell phone during this performance. Hell, there hadn’t even been a typing of that recap during that! I know she’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but damn it. Jershika reached parts of my soul that I could have sworn were long dead and buried. Super awesome.

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Wendy Moten (Team Blake) et Paris Winningham (Team Blake), « Change the World » — Note de Wendy : B, Note de Paris : B+ |

OK, so the contestants were all going to be paired up on songs from the 90s. I get it. Wendy and Paris first faced Eric Clapton’s coup. Paris looked and sounded quite comfortable and in her element. And in fact, Wendy looked like she was having a bit of fun, too. As always, she looked great; not sure she is capable to hit a bum note. So yeah, they were kinda wonderful together, until the end, in which I swore they took turns trying to outdo each other. Maybe not mind-boggling but good enough indeed.

Lana Scott (Team Blake), “Something in the Water” – Grade: C- | After the competition’s one and only country singer dedicated her Carrie Underwood cover to her biggest supporter, aka Mom, she picked up her mic and… aw, dang. I really like Lana, but she a struggled, right? And it often gave the impression that she was one step away from the grades she was looking for. She sang and sang, unleashing her big tug-of-war voice, but it seemed as often as she missed the mark as it was hitting her. I’m not sure if even being a country girl on Team Blake can save her this time around. I’m pretty sure I own albums that are flatter than this one.

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Hailey Mia (Team Kelly), “Someone You Loved” – Rating: B + |

The 14-year-old’s coach said during rehearsals that she was sure this Lewis Capaldi number would lead her to the final. Plus, hearing those words come out of someone as young as Hailey, Kelly promises, was going to make us cry. Did it? Uh, not me. There were parts of Hailey’s performance that were spectacular and moving; when it was on it was lit with a capital O and N. When she wasn’t, however, she tiptoed into murky territory. Fortunately, her coach was there to remind us for the zillionth time that Hailey is only 14 years old. A promising singer who has yet to quite fully live up to this promise.

Jim and Sasha Allen (Team Ariana) and Lana Scott (Team Blake), “Hold My Hand” – Jim and Sasha rating: C, Lana rating: B- | Sasha kicked off the trio’s Hootie and the Blowfish duo (three and?) To us in style – he wasn’t just her usual charismatic, he also had a great voice. Daddy’s voice was swallowed a bit by the group, but Lana cut the noise out like a neon explosion in a dark sky. In the end, it started to sound a bit leaden, and Sasha let out a little more than what was recommended for her voice. Of the trio, Lana is the best.

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Girl named Tom (Team Kelly), “River” – Grade: A + |

Kelly told the siblings in rehearsal that she was particularly excited about their cover of Joni Mitchell, as she felt it allowed them to show their voices as individuals and as a group. And the way they joined one by one, I could hear what she meant. At this point in the competition, I’m pretty much running out of superlatives to put on GNT. I will say, however, that it was Bekah’s voice, the sweetest on this side of Sarah McLachlan, that made my eyes foggy Monday night. I already called them, I will call them again: they are my choice to win season 21. It was magical.

Jershika Maple (Team Legend) et Joshua Vacanti (Team Legend), « Hand in My Pocket » — note de Jershika : B+, note de Joshua : B- | After an intro package in which Joshua seemed to confuse the colorful ’80s with the grungy’ 90s, he and Jershika took the stage to perform an Alanis Morissette classic that… [Scratches head] Didn’t play any of their strengths. They both gave it their all, singing emphatically in their own distinct styles, but most of all, it was a “WTF?” ” moment. Two equally good competitors, and a better selection of songs could not have been made? Missed opportunity.

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Wendy Moten (Team Blake), “You are all I need to get by” – Rating: A + |

In rehearsal, Wendy revealed that she dedicated her cover of Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell to her husband. Her trainer just wanted to make sure she took the opportunity to show the public what she can do that no one else can. On stage, she gave the kind of performance that would allow me to listen to her for a full month. Nonstop. And although I have criticized Wendy in the past for not appearing in the spotlight, we made get flashes of personality every now and then – even joy. And hey Lorde, the frivolous things she did towards the end? Slim! Blake got his wish and then some. Wendy most certainly reminded us of what she and alone she is capable of it.

Girl Named Tom (Team Kelly) and Hailey Mia (Team Kelly), “Hold On” – Girl Named Tom Rating: B, Hailey Rating: B + | My brain could hardly understand what I was seeing in this team. It reminded me of Up With People – silly and serious and cheesetastic. (The guys in particular seemed to know that, too.) Vocally, the Wilson Phillips cover wasn’t the best time for anyone, but if the number was about anyone, it was Bekah and Hailey.

Paris Winningham (Team Blake), « Close the Door » — Note : B+ | Fortunately, for his performance in the Top 8, Paris returned to what he called his “bread and butter,” the old-fashioned sound embodied by this Teddy Pendergrass smash. His trainer encouraged him to have fun – as Paris interpreted it, showing teeth instead of tears. When the spotlight fell on him, he did indeed smile, releasing a voice that went from as smooth as his velvet jacket to as sexy as rough as sandpaper. Well, sexy sandpaper, anyway. Definitely the most cowardly we have ever seen in Paris. But – and that’s a big “but” – it didn’t sound like a foolproof “Go to final” performance like Jershika, Wendy and GNT did.

Joshua Vacanti (Team Legend), “Ashes” – Grade: A- | Joshua was especially thrilled to sing Celine Dion’s ballad as it was co-written by Season 9 winner Jordan Smith. Naturally Joshua hoped to follow in his footsteps in the winner’s circle as well. At the moment of truth he sang like a mad angel. I have a soft spot for his bombastic theatrical moments, but here Joshua was almost as touching in his controlled and borderline opera performance. Not the most exciting number in the world, so not Joshua’s most exciting performance either – but extremely good nonetheless.

So two questions: Based on Monday’s performance alone, who would you qualify for the final? And, based on the entire season, who would you test? Curious how much your Final Fives are changing on both lists.

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