The television show The Voice gets great ratings and many of the songs presented on the live shows chart pretty high on iTunes. However, the show has yet to launch a star. Will this year be different? The final three will sing for the prize on the NBC show on May 19 and know if they won on May 20.
The three finalists chosen by viewers via the Internet, telephone, text and iTunes downloads on May 13 were:
from Team Adam
Grimmie was a YouTube phenomenon prior to auditioning for The Voice. The 20-year-old now has more than 2 million subscribers. Her YouTube notoriety had earned her an opening spot on the Selena Gomez tour, but The Voice offers her broader exposure in the hopes of a record deal. During The Voice, Grimmie did two amazing, creative rock renditions of hip-hop songs. For the semifinals, she sang “Hide and Seek” by Imogen Heap and Fun’s “Some Nights.”
from Team Usher
All four coaches originally wanted Kaufman. He chose to be on Team Adam, but was stolen in the second battle round by Usher. Kaufman has been supporting his wife and three kids by working as an SAT prep tutor and playing local gigs. He hopes The Voice will allow him to become a full-time musician. For the semis, Kaufman sang an emotional version of John Legend’s “All of Me” by John Legend to his wife and children. His performance of the ballad touched the coaches and garnered impressive iTunes sales. For his second song, he belted out One Republic’s “Love Runs Out,” was the right among of rasp and rock.
from Team Blake
Worthington is a true Texas country kid with a cowboy hat, drawl and charm. The 17-year-old actually auditioned for Season 5, but didn’t make a team. This time, he has made it into the finals. Worthington sang Wayland Jennings’ country classic “Good Ole Boys” dedicated to his hometown pals. He finished up with a country-rendition of “Heaven,” by Bryan Adams.
For those unfamiliar with The Voice, it is a television singing competition that is in its sixth cycle of choosing a winner. is an American reality television singing competition. The show features a panel of four recording artists who select competitors, site unseen based on their voice, to coach and compete. This cycle’s panel consisted of Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton and Usher. The winning singer receives $100,000 and a record deal.
The finals on May 13 featured the three Season 5 finalists debuting their new singles. Jacquie Lee debuted the “Broken Ones,” Will Champlin offer his new rocker “Eye of the Pyramid,” and the Jamaican singer who won last round, Tessanne Chin, wowed the crowd with “Everything Reminds Me Of You.” It remains to be seen if their new recordings will allow them to translate their television popularity into recording success, or if we have to wait for the recording from Season 6.