If you caught our contestant rankings for “The Voice” over the weekend, then you already know that we currently believe that we are looking at a finale featuring the likes of Cassadee Pope and Nicholas David. But is this set in stone? Far from it. All four of the remaining singers all have an opportunity to step it up on stage and surprise us courtesy of the live show on Monday night, and the question now is who is going to ultimately rise to the occasion, and if anyone will falter under the pressure (and the icy stare of one Christina Aguilera).
With us being so close to the end, we’ve come up with a handy list of what some of these contestants can do if they want to advance to the next round (or at least their best course of getting there).
Trevin Hunte – It’s not very often that we suggest this, but Trevin could benefit from something midtempo. He seems a little manic and cheesy on songs that are too quickly-placed, but he could work wonders with a song like Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love.” Yes, we’ve also done something else we rarely do: suggest someone to actually sing a Whitney song. If he pairs this with a big ballad, then he is showing off every good side of himself.
Terry McDermott – Do something that pleases your classic-rock following (“Open Arms” by Journey?), but it would also benefit him to try and adapt a more modern hit to his style. The challenge here is finding something that would work for him; if he had a little more soul, we’d suggest Bruno Mars. Since that’s not really present, we would look at trying to rock up something like a fast-paced Katy Perry song.
Cassadee Pope – Balance is the key in this round, which is why we’re going along with the same advice here. Cassadee should find something that appeals to her female-rock roots (Alanis Morissette, anyone?), and then also embrace that lovely country side that Blake Shelton has shown off. Doing something like Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” could ensure that she has that valuable country vote.
Nicholas David – With Nicholas, we feel just a little bit different. He’s already tapped out the 1960s soul genre, and needs to do something more in line with originality as his “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Maybe for one song he should tackle something a little bit more folksy, whereas the other take on a piano ballad a la something by Elton John.
What do you think the final four artists should perform? If you want to see those aforementioned rankings, you can do so by heading over to the link here.