Final three headed to 'The Voice' finale

(L-R) Jake Worthington, Josh Kaufman, Kristen Merlin, Kat Perkins, Christina Grimmie. (Photo by:...

(L-R) Jake Worthington, Josh Kaufman, Kristen Merlin, Kat Perkins, Christina Grimmie. (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Jason MacNeil, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Monday's episode had each singer with two songs to show their chops. After it was all said and done, it appeared at first glance Jake Kaufman and Kristen Merlin were closer to the Top Three than going home. Kat Perkins might have been better than Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie but the quality of performances doesn't necessarily mean voters would concur.

Following country act Rascal Flatts launching the show with Rewind, the five semi-finalists were brought out with host Carson Daly naming the first finalist. Country singer Jake Worthington continued to surprise by being named, ensuring coach Blake Shelton had one of his roster vying for the top prize.

A short video confessional had Usher saying he would be a magician if it wasn't music. Shakira, who dubbed herself the “original Shak” while playing with a basketball, said she wished she had larger, er, cleavage without surgery. And of course Levine's new blonde hairstyle left Worthington and Shelton with platinum blonde wigs.

More guest talent emerged with Season Five runner-up Jacquie Lee singing Broken Ones before promoting an upcoming tour. Lee was also somewhat surprised with singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran popped in to announce he'd perform during the finale next Tuesday (May 20). Another alum of the show, Will Champlin, then did his single Eye Of The Pyramid.

Finally the second finalist was named with Kaufman, Merlin, Grimmie and Perkins waiting to be called. Kaufman deservedly moved on to the finals with Usher joining Shelton as coaches represented next week. Perkins, Merlin and Grimmie then waited to start the final Instant Save segment, with the three singing for their lives and fans given a five-minute window to see who would join Kaufman and Worthington.

After Season Five winner Tessanne Chin nailed her new single Everything Reminds Me Of You with a wall of Las Vegas neon lights behind her, the Instant Save round got underway. Merlin's cover of Carrie Underwood's Blown Away took a while to get off the ground but she gained confidence with each note. Whether it blew away the fans remained to be seen. Shelton enjoyed the chemistry Merlin and Shakira had over the competition.

Kat Perkins was up next covering Underwood again, this time with Good Girl. Perkins, no stranger to an elimination round, never got rid of the butterflies with the tension resonating in her voice from start to finish. Grimmie might have been the strongest of the three with OneRepublic's Apologize. Grimmie was down on one knee and wrung every note out of her and the song as Levine guaranteed Grimmie would win if given the shot to get to the final.

The voting began with the judges taking to Twitter with Levine and Shakira repeatedly tweeting within seconds of each other. After Shakira and Levine praised their singers, Daly announced Grimmie would go on. The news clearly overwhelmed the singer, leaving Worthington, Kaufman and Grimmie to duke it out to be The Voice.

 


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