Zach Swon came perilously close to breaking his vow not to cry on “The Voice” tonight as he and his brother advanced to the finals on the hit reality TV show.
Muskogee’s The Swon Brothers were among the three finalists to move on during tonight’s live episode of the singing competition. Already the first duo to make the live playoffs, Zach and Colton Swon now constitute are the first duo to contend in “The Voice” finals.
The final performance episode of “The Voice” Season 3 airs live at 7 p.m. Monday on NBC, with the live finale to follow at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the peacock network.
It will be the second straight season that Oklahoma country music superstar Blake Shelton’s team boasts two of the three finalists: Along with The Swon Brothers, Team Blake’s 16-year-old Texas belter Danielle Bradbery advanced tonight to the finals.
They join big-voiced indie pop-rocker Michelle Chamuel, who is competing on Team Usher, one of the two new coaches (along with Shakira) on Season 4.
“!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,” Shelton posted on Twitter (@blakeshelton) just after the show. “I mean for real y’all… I love y’all!!!!!!!!!!! #TeamBlake”
Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen and Team Adam (Levine)’s Amber Carrington were sent home on tonight’s results episode.
Host Carson Daly boasted at the start of tonight’s live show that Top 5 did so well on Monday’s performance episode that the series experience record-breaking voting. All five hit the iTunes Top 100 based on the public’s download of their performances, and three of them hit the Top 10 at the close of voting, ensuring their iTunes votes were multiplied by 10.
“Remember, all week long, every live show song you download on iTunes through next week’s finale will count toward that artist’s final vote total,” Daly said, encouraging fans to go to NBC.com for details.
The iTunes multiplier definitely worked to the advantage of Team Blake: The Swon Brothers’ cover of Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song” topped the iTunes country songs chart, with their rendition of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” at No. 4. Bradbery’s “Who I Am” and “Please Remember Me” were at No. 2 and 3 on the iTunes country chart, with Shelton’s own hit “Boys ‘Round Here” rounding out the Top 5.
This morning, Shelton tweeted out a photo of The Swon Brothers’ “Danny’s Song” at No. 2 on the overall iTunes chart, with Bradbery right behind at No. 3 with “Who I Am.”
Last season, Shelton had two contenders in the Season 3 finals: Terry McDermott, who performed on tonight’s show, and eventual winner Cassadee Pope, who played last week’s results show. The Tishomingo resident has a good chance to make it three wins in a row; his team’s soulful singer Jermaine Paul won Season 2.
“When you do this show, each one of us would hope to happen to have a person that has superstar potential, that has what it takes to go the distance. And I’ve just been lucky. I mean, I’ve just been lucky this year that I happen to have two of ‘em. I’d like to sit here and tell you guys that it’s by design and all this, but the truth is, I’ve just been lucky to get a chance to work with The Swon Brothers and I’ve been lucky to get a chance to work with Danielle Bradbery. They’re all very special people – and I’m just the drunk that tries to stay out of their way,” Shelton told Daly during tonight’s show, ending with his running joke about his alcohol consumption.
The Swon Brothers would likely disagree with Shelton’s humble assessment of his coaching abilities.
“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,” Colton Swon said when Daly asked to the duo for their final thoughts before naming them as the third and last artist advancing to next week’s finale.
Like the other semifinalists, The Swon Brothers returned last week to their hometown, and Muskogee greeted them with a packed house for the duo’s free concert at the Muskogee Civic Center, the key to the city, proclamations in their honor and a surprise ‘Rising Star’ award from the Muskogee-based Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, which gave the same award to Shelton 10 years ago.
“Well, uh, dang it. We both said in the beginning of this whole process that no matter what, we were not gonna get caught all teary-eyed on the show,” Colton said, swiping away tears as they accepted the award last Thursday.
“I want to say thank you to each and every one of you sitting in this room. You guys, it’s nothing special you’re doing; it’s you guys. “You’ve blessed us beyond measure; you really have.”
In contrast to his brother’s sentimental acceptance speech, Zach cracked up the audience of about 100 family and friends when he said, “I’m gonna have to get a mantel. I need somewhere to put this. And I think it’s gonna look really good and cool.”
He then added, “And I’m gonna tell all of you ‘Voice’ producers that I’m still not crying on camera. It hasn’t happened since July; it’s not gonna happen now.”
He came close to breaking that promise tonight. Let’s see what happens next week as the Swon siblings take the final step toward becoming “The Voice.”
Look for my coverage of the Season 4 “The Voice” finals next week here on BAM’s Blog.