The Voice top 9: Carter Rubin closes with ‘The Rainbow Connection’

Voice season 13 promoTonight’s The Voice top 9 performance show contained a lot of memorable moments — think in terms of big songs and attempts to pay tribute to fans. “Fan Week” was really the theme here — though we wish there was some more upbeat music throughout.

So who closed out the show tonight? Think in terms of Carter Rubin, who reminded everyone why he was a top contender with his performance of “The Rainbow Connection.” We like the song choice — it’s not one that we hear a million times. Also, there’s an inherent sweetness about it that feels different than most other songs. It’s age appropriate and perfect for the sort of pop singer he wants to be.

Plus, who doesn’t love Kermit the Frog? It really just fits his personality really well. The struggle with the performance was finding a way to make sure that it didn’t veer too much into a Broadway direction — it is a song about lyrics, which you don’t see as much in pop music these days. Carter’s biggest strength is his tone — it’s pretty perfect, and he also has that ability to hit any note on the scale.

Carter also shared an emotional story about his brother, who has autism, and how he thinks the world could use some of the innocence that he has. It’s something that has become missing more and more from this world.

After listening to Carter’s full take on this song, we think that we can go ahead and say with confidence that he’s going through to the finale. How is the voting public going to keep him out of that, especially after closing out the show? That’s often a slam-dunk since it’s the last person viewers are going to remember.

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