Just when you thought everyone was out, they PULL ONE BACK IN. Yes, Tuesday night revealed The Voice Top 3 but there was a bait-and-switch at large. The final three were revealed in the opening minutes of the results show and then shoved into a dark closet to panic as Carson revealed the exiled artists from this season’s Top 10 were back to sing for their lives a berth in the finals next week.
A WILD CARD, EVERYONE. (My brain feels like this was actually announced earlier in the season, but I can’t find evidence to support that. So perhaps I’m clairvoyant. Woo!) In short: this was a game changer.
And the surprises didn’t stop there. Just to make all the finalists both current and former even more neurotic, The Voice decided to throw its heavy-weight viewership behind The Today Show where Carson promised to reveal the wild card winner. Because the entertainment landscape isn’t crowded enough on Wednesday morning, what with the SAG Award nominations, right? (Chances are if you’re reading this after 9 a.m. ET, you know who the wild card is, as well as which actors have been tapped for the first of many nominations this awards season.)
Craig Wayne Boyd (Team Blake)
Matt McAndrew (Team Adam)
Chris Jamison (Team Adam)
Wild Card Performances
Reagan James (Team Blake) – “Put Your Records On” – Dull and pedestrian.
Jessie Pitts (Team Blake) – “Zombie” – I’ve got a 12 year-old Joan’s nostalgia for this Cranberries hit still deep within me (pre-teen hormones/memories just remain imprinted on your being; even Coach Gwen mentioned her memories associated with this tune), so this was a passable performance but nothing earth-shattering.
Ryan Sill (Team Gwen) – “Marry Me” – I’m sorry, Mr. Sill. The position of Season 7 hottie has been filled by finalist Chris Jamison. Thank you for your time and best of luck in the future.
Anita Antoinette (Team Gwen)
- “Waiting on the World to Change” – Damn, I so missed Anita. She is just so damn cool and has a super strong sense of voice and self. I hope Gwen does a collab with her when this is all over. And Pharrell. He could- and should – make Anita a star.
Taylor John Williams (Team Gwen) – “Wicked Game” – This performance worried me most. It felt too safe and too unremarkable. But it was still damn good. (Unrelated sidebar: Every time Carson said “Taylor John,” I heard “farmer John.”)
Damien (Team Adam) – “Grenade” – This performance was proof that Damien deserved to get as far as he did this season. It was controlled, powerful and really dynamic.
Sugar Joans (Team Pharrell) – “Back to Black” – Oh good grief! I did not miss her and her purple hair (now with 2 inch root growth). I would rather listen to Sugar Jones on repeat for a year than go back to Sugar Joans, the solo artist. (Fine. Yes. I looooove “Days Like That” so a year of the band might maybe be manageable.)
Luke Wade (Team Pharrell) – “Have a Little Faith in Me” – I find it difficult to separate my love of this song from the artist singing it. I even love (especially love?) Mandy Moore’s version, so I can’t be trusted to say much about Luke’s performance outside of: it was good.
DaNica Shirey (Team Pharrell) – “Without You” – Another song with an excess of pre-teen Joan’s memories attached to it. (Run away before I start waxing poetic about middle school dances!) DaNica definitely did Mariah proud. If America has any sense, this has to be their wild card winner. She killllllled it.
Wild Card Update
Colour me absolutely flabbergasted – America bestowed the wild card finale spot to Team Adam Top 5-er Damien. Huh.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC and CTV Two.