Watch this, skip that: ‘The Voice,’ ‘Dancing with the Stars’

20 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Voice’: Final Four Debut Singles.

“The Voice” 8 p.m., NBC and “Dancing with the Stars” 9 p.m., ABC In its 20th season, “Dancing with the Stars” has claimed the mantle as the most popular reality contest, because its audience isn’t shrinking as fast as that of “The Voice.” It is still clinging to eight-figure audiences, while “The Voice” has dipped below 10 million viewers. Four very different artists have made it to this season’s finale of – a farm boy from a small town, a young powerhouse vocalist, a father from the festival circuit, and a singer trying to make it as a solo act after spending years in a duo. At “The Voice,” there are four contestants left for tonight’s finale, but the battle for the title seems to be between two very different singers: Sawyer Fredericks, a 16-year-old farm boy who looks continually awestruck by his circumstances, and Meghan Linsey, the polished 29-year-old country singer who already won a different TV singing contest. As “Dancing” heads into its finale, the team that seemed a shoo-in before the season began, gymnast Nastia Liukin and five-time “DWTS” champion Derek Hough, left in fourth place after putting up perfect 10s – proving that the audience doesn’t necessarily want perfection. “Frontline” 10 p.m., PBS This week’s installment of PBS’s investigative news series looks at the CIA’s top-secret interrogation program. For the last performances of The Voice season 8, the remaining artists performed three songs each: a cover, a duet with their coach, and, for the first time ever on the NBC competition, an original song.

Standout performance: “Make It Rain” by Foy Vance, Hawthorne received a standing ovation from all four judges and competing coach Aguilera called this her “best performance yet.” Favorite TV show: Vampire Diaries, “I can be the new Elena!” she offered. “Stefan, we’re going to get back together, then we’re going to break up and I’m going to get with Damon!” Standout performance: “Fields of Gold” by Sting, one week after landing in the bottom three, this performance landed Davis on the top of the iTunes charts! Filmmaker Michael Kirk directed the episode, titled “Secrets, Politics and Torture,” which attempts to reconcile the CIA’s claims of the program’s effectiveness with the Senate report that alleged that the program didn’t work. “The Flash” 8 p.m., the CW This show and “Empire” made me look bad, becoming major hits after I panned their pilots. “The Flash” certainly is better than “Empire,” and I can understand the appeal of its excellent visual style and likable cast. The first artist to perform her soulful original song impressed all of the judges, prompting Shelton to call her hook “so strong, so powerful,” before joining her on stage and embracing his artist in a hug. Driving up the coast, finding places to camp and hike, that’s where it’s at for me.” Secret talents: Juggling and magic, “My daughter is getting to the point where she’s like, ‘Come on, Dad!’ She’s 9,” the father of two noted.

Davis’ fun folk sound shined in his original song and his comfort on stage was contagious. “This isn’t just you writing a song,” his proud coach said. “This is you writing a fantastic song.” Not usually one to compliment his biggest competitor, even Shelton raved, “The song is freakin’ stuck in my head!” Fredericks’ idol may be LaMontagne, but LaMontagne is clearly a fan of Fredericks as well! With a song that perfectly captured his unique sound, Fredericks left the coaches in awe. “That’s like [Pearl Jam’s] Eddie Vedder writing a song for me!” Levine admired. For her first song, she sang “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown, and it was the perfect song choice for her impressively low and booming voice. She took command of the stage and set the bar high for the evening. “That performance right there proves why you deserve to be in this finale,” Shelton said. Prior to competing on the show, she already had a career in music, but The Voice marks the beginning of her solo career after her breakup with her ex-boyfriend led to her band’s split.

Pharrell joined Hawthorne on stage for their duet of a funky rendition of “We Can Work It Out.” It was a fun and bouncy performance, and the two sounded great together. Carson Daly sat down with Davis and his coach, Levine, to talk about Davis’ journey on the season, starting with when he chose Shelton during the Blind Auditions. It wasn’t as tight as her first performance, as there was a sense that she isn’t quite fully comfortable with the song yet, but it was still very strong.

Linsey has been a frontrunner since the beginning, and she continued her strong showing in the finale, singing “When a Man Loves a Woman” for her final performance.

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