The Voice Efficiency Finale Recap: Which of the Prime 5 Singed Like a Winner?

All eyes – and ears – were on Carter Rubin Monday night. Though The Voice and its coaches apparently worked overtime at one point Team Gwen Stefani’s 15-year-old prodigy, made up of all country singers, has emerged as the front runner – at least according to your responses to TVLine polls. Was the teenager able to pin down what was up to his final exams? Or has it stalled and paved the way for a possible surprise? Read on and we’ll go over not just his, but all of the participants’ accomplishments.

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Carter Rubin (Team Gwen), “The Climb” – Grade: A | During rehearsal, Gwen advised the boy to fit into his Miley Cyrus cover as much as possible. If he followed that advice on stage then what he is is totally insane. The child sings with an enviable emotional openness and a self-confidence that is contrary to his years. And given that he has the voice of an angel, it seemed altogether obvious that he would appear between heavenly clouds of clouds. Just give him the trophy. (Is there a trophy?)

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DeSz (Team Kelly), “Holy Ground” – Grade: B + | Before she took the stage, DeSz said that she burst into tears while listening to the song before the 30-second mark. When the spotlight fell on them, I got it – the number undoubtedly spoke for our difficult quarantines. But it didn’t really grab me until the choir joined the choir. The bigger DeSz was allowed to go, the better she got. This just wasn’t the best showcase of their talent we’d heard. (That would be her top 9 cover of En Vogue, wouldn’t it?) Great performer, OK single.

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Ian Flanigan (Team Blake), “In Color” – Grade: B + | Ian rehearsed with Blake and admitted that his Jamey Johnson cover was the song he wished he had written. To his credit, Ian executed it as if he had written it. The guy just slipped in like it was a worn pair of Levis. As he continued, it felt less like he was giving us a performance than he was telling us a story he knew by heart. Really nice. The only possible downside? It may have lacked the explosiveness required to get viewers to vote.

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Jim Ranger (Team Blake), “Last” – Grade: A- | Even though Jim sounded great on his single in rehearsal, I couldn’t help but think, “Ugh, another ballad? Let’s wake up this show! “On stage, it matched Ian’s level of storyteller reality and made me go back to my complaint about another ballad – it was really beautiful. And although the coaches attacked themselves to praise the uniqueness of Ian’s voice, I would pit Jims against his teammate’s any day. I would even argue that Jim has greater reach and versatility.

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John Holiday (Team Legend), “Where are we going?” – Grade: B- | Speaking to producer Justin Tranter, John was advised to bond with his falsetto or the audience wouldn’t bond with him. A smaller, less screeching one would be fine too. I just say ‘. In the moment of truth, it turned out that the opera singer was a competent pop soul voice and managed to keep his high notes for the most part piercing without being painful. It was also nice to see that he looked more comfortable on stage than sometimes.

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DeSz (Team Kelly), “landslide” – grade: A- | When Kelly heard that DeSz had chosen Fleetwood Mac for her cover, she remembered, “I thought: What?!?”. Me too. It seemed to me that DeSz had to bring more fire than rain if she was to tip the scales in her favor. But almost immediately when she took the stage, she fucking shut my mouth. DeSz sounded amazing, and the delicacy of her voice inspired a very different kind of “wow” than her usual bust belt. Clever.

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Ian Flanigan (Team Blake), “Never Learn” – Grade: A | During rehearsal, Blake described Ian’s singing as a “friendly monster,” which was kind of perfect, right? A storm you’d like to beat. On stage, Ian performed like the absolute professional he is. I know I’ve put a little bit of thought into how often I want more momentum from Ian, but let’s face it: the guy is special. And that number about the things a parent hopes their child will never learn was perfect for him. Explosive? Range-y? Not terrible. But effective? Yes, mega. Soft and bittersweet, Ian might have won the competition.

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John Holiday (Team Legend), “Halo” – Grade: B + | John’s trainer liked Beyonce’s hit for him because it demonstrated everything he could do in a single song, from depth to opera. And it definitely did the trick of being a bit of a musical Swiss Army Knife. But for my money, John didn’t really allow John to do what he does as well or better than anyone else in the competition, and those are the big, long notes (like he did on All By Myself). As nice as that was, it wouldn’t get him to the head of the pack.

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Carter Rubin (Team Gwen), “Up From Here” – Grade: A- | Carter ran through the song during rehearsal, sounding like he’d sewn the win. His single was cool and modern, but it allowed him to swing loudly for the fence. It was a little more boring on stage than I expected. But Carter sang with a clarity and strength that crossed the screen to shake our couches. And these last runs? Chills. If he doesn’t win this thing, I’ll be more upset than since Kennedy Holmes lost season 15.

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Jim Ranger (Team Blake), “With a little help from my friends” – Grade: A | Blake wisely endorsed the Beatles classic for Jim in hopes of capitalizing on the fact that if his voice detonates, audiences will dig him up. And Lordie Lou, he really did that here. The band was loud as hell and Jim was even louder. Vesuvius burst into a microphone. And it wasn’t just loud, it was on – that was a spectacularly beautiful sound, an exciting roar. What is it like the third time in one night when I said “OMG so and so should win”? At this speed I start to sound like the coaches.

So who do you think will win Season 19? Did the performance on Monday affect you at all? Vote in the polls below, then click on the comments.

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