7:00 p.m.: We’re recapping Monday night’s performance episode, and Muskogee’s The Swon Brothers picked the perfect time to give two breakout performances. “I’m starting to believe a duo could win ‘The Voice,’” says their coach, Oklahoma country star Blake Shelton. Only three of the Top 5 will advance to next week’s finals, so let the anxiety set in!
7:03: Host Carson Daly says that the Top 5 were so amazing last night that the show had record-breaking votes. All of them made the Top 100 on iTunes, and three made the Top 10, which means they got a bonus multiplier. According to Blake Shelton’s earlier tweets, his Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers were among those in the Top 10 on iTunes.
7:05: Fall Out Boy is performing its rocking new single “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” with help from Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel. She’s doing pretty well on the big “On Fire!” yells, plus she’s got a mean head-bang on her.
7:12: The coaches are hyping their semifinalists one more time, which is kind of futile considering voting is closed. Usher says that he’s learning the game of “The Voice” from sitting next to Blake, who had his two artists hit No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the iTunes country charts. (Blake was No. 5, so talk about your red-letter days for Blake). The Tishomingo resident admits “it’s not by design” that he has two contenders on his team this season and that he’s lucky to get to work with The Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradbery.
7:14: Last season’s Nicholas David, Team Cee Lo’s smooth-voiced soulman, is performing his single “Say Goodbye.” Very soothing. We’re almost 15 minutes in and no closer to finding out who will be in the final three. At least we’re listening to music.
7:18: “St. Nicholas,” as Carson just called him, as a four-song EP out today. It’s a homecoming for three of the past “The Voice” finalists, according to the host.
7:19: Confession: I am going to miss “The Voice” Confessional. These are pretty funny. I love Blake’s assertion that Adam Levine’s tattoos are not real and are in fact fake to conceal a farmer’s tan. The Swon Brothers in drag, though, that was disturbing! No, sir. They have Blake’s sense of humor, that’s for sure!
7:21: Now, Carson is quizzing the contestants on what winning the show would mean to them, like asking Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen what it would mean to her and her children for her to win. Yikes, can we just do this thing!?
7:22: The first of the three finalists to advance is … Michelle Chamuel of Team Usher. She looks a bit flabbergasted but really happy. High fives for her and her super-cool coach.
7:27: Michelle: “It’s crazy. Every single person on this show is so talented, and my brain is like ‘wait, what’s happening?’ It’s still processing.” She says she wants to thank everyone who is supporting all of the contenders on the show.
7:29: Season 2 finalist Tony Lucca is debuting his new single “Never Gonna Let You Go.” I got a chance to interview him last year, and he was very cool to me. This is a fun sing-along song. I like what he does; unfortunately and through no fault of his own, he reminds me that Christina Aguilera is returning next season. I’m not a fan of this.
7:32: Tony says he’s finished with his EP and it should be out July 16. He says that his former coach Adam Levine is a “man of his word” who signed him to his label, 222 Records, and is taking him out on tour with Maroon 5 this summer. So that’s cool.
7:34: The Top 5 are going to get together for a group performance of “the ultimate ’80s ballad,” says Carson. The bladdermouth host adds, “I’m gonna tell you right now, it’s Poison.” Carson needs a spoiler alert. Notice he’s not slipping up on any finalist reveals, though.
7:38: As Carson already gave away, the Top 5 contestants are doing Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” As the only guys and only instrumentalists in the competition, The Swon Brothers get a nice showcase. Are the big grins because they are on national TV? Because they are reveling in the ’80s cheesy of Poison? Because they are surrounded by a bevy of beautiful big-voiced ladies? From what I’ve observed of them, it’s probably all of the above. The ladies also are doing quite well in this ’80s throwback, particularly Danielle and Sasha Allen. I’m still not on the Amber Carrington bandwagon, Adam Levine. Her thing is just not my thing, I suppose.
7:42: Two more will move on tonight, and we’re about to learn one of them … but first, Carson is going to ask 16-year-old Danielle what she has learned from her time on the show. She’s got high praise for Mr. Shelton. During her home visit, she said it was really different and crazy to have her friends to look up to her like a big star.
7:44: Carson dragged it out, but Team Blake will be represented in the finals … by Danielle Bradbery.
7:50: Terry McDermott, one of Blake’s two finalists from Season 3, is onstage to perform his new single “Pictures.” Am I the only one still tickled at the pairing of Blake with this Scottish rocker? This is one of the things that makes “The Voice” so fun.
7:53: In three hours, Terry will be zipping back home to Scotland, where his EP comes out next week. His son, Liam, is well and his wife is eight months pregnant with their daughter. So he’s gotta get this tour slammed out so he can get back home to his wee tiny baby. He jokes that he has many pictures of his former coach Blake Shelton, but “I’ve been asked to take them down as most of them down as they’re inappropriate.” Humor: It’s what brings us together. And music I suppose.
7:56: We’re moments of way from finding out the last finalist on “The Voice” Season 3. One more time for luck … Go Swon Brothers! Go Okies!
7:58: Here we go … last words from the remaining three. The Swon Brothers’ Colton: “I just want to say thanks to Blake. You could line up every superstar in the world, from past to present, and we couldn’t ask for a better coach, man.”
7:59: Here we go … the last finalist … THE SWON BROTHERS!!
8:00: I notice that Zach came awfully close to breaking his vow not to cry during this show once the duo was named a finalist. They’re giving and receiving hugs, plus a nice laugh from Amber. Then, the siblings are hugging each other heartily and giving a huge hug and big smiles to Blake, who’s gotta be stoked to have two finalists in the running for the second straight season.
So your final three are Michelle Chamuel, Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers. “One of those three artists will be ‘The Voice,’” reiterates Carson. Tune in at 7 p.m. Monday on NBC and here at BAM’s Blog as I guide through to the grand finale of “The Voice.”