“The Voice” kicked off its two-part finale Monday night, and an impressive vocal performance from finalist Wendy Moten certainly struck a chord with the show’s coaches. Moten graced “the Voice” viewers with a performance of Patti LaBelle’s version of “Over the Rainbow”, a song that Moten won a talent contest with at age 16. Now, at age 56, Moten’s pipes have clearly only become more and more powerful with time. Coach John Legend said of her performance,
“Wendy, I just don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone with a gift like you have. Your voice is just so flawless and perfect. And then you just stand there and do it with such nonchalance. It’s… it’s… it’s insulting to every other singer that works so hard! We just watch you do it, and it just looks so easy coming out of you.” While making such powerful vocals seem effortless certainly takes talent, not everyone feels making it look “too easy” is a good thing.
Is ‘Too Easy’ a Good Thing?
Some have criticized Moten for her performances, saying that it’s “pure karaoke, with no artistry or individuality to it”. While flawless vocals are certainly important, is it enough? Some may argue that a performer who lacks stage presence and energy while they perform may not walk out the winner. However, Moten’s coach, Blake Shelton, has nothing but praise for the singer.
“We’ve never seen anything like you on this stage in 21 seasons, and ladies and gentlemen, when I say ‘world-class talent,’ I’m talking about this may never happen again,” Blake said. “Wendy, thank you so much for being on The Voice.”
The Voice Has Some Serious Contenders This Season
There are also other finalists up for the crown, and viewers will find out the true winner of this season of “The Voice” Tuesday night when the two-part finale comes to a close. One finalist, Hailey Mia, is making an impact at just 14 years old. The singer performed the current huge pop song “Deja Vu” by Olivia Rodrigo. Mia’s coach, Kelly Clarkson, praised her for doing something unique with her performance. Clarkson told the young singer, “The whole goal is to do something unlike you’ve ever done on the show so far. … We’ve never had a chance to see you kind of angsty. It’s seeping out of you!”
Mia also performed Billie Eilish’s “idon’twannabeyouanymore”, and was met with praise from “The Voice” coach John Legend. “I love the edge and the twists that you put on your voice,” Legend told her. “Your tone was so rich. I loved every little turn your voice made. It was just so full of heart and soul and authenticity.” Coach Kelly Clarkson chimed in, adding, “I just think out of everyone in this competition, you are the one that has grown the most every single week, and it’s so impressive. I cannot wait to see what you do with your career.”
Another final contender, Jershika Maple from John Legend’s team, ripped some impressive vocals on Monday night. Maple made her way to the finals through two instant saves, nearly not making the cut. However, Maple’s powerful performance of “I’m Goin’ Down” by Rose Royce/Mary J. Blige truly showcased her vocal ability. Maple’s coach had some kind words for her following the performance.
“You are just such a privilege for me and a joy; I feel so fortunate that I’ve gotten to work with you over this time. … You have just dominated every week, just fighting for yourself, singing soulfully. It’s amazing,” John Legend said.
This season’s “The Voice” winner will be determined Tuesday night on NBC.