On Monday night’s performance finale, finalists Adam Wakefield, Alisan Porter, Laith Al-Saadi, and Hannah Huston squared off for the last time. The contestants were each asked to sing a solo cover, an original song and a duet with their respective coach.
Team Blake member, Adam Wakefield had a strong night as his original song, “Lonesome, Broken and Blue” was easily the best of the evening. Adam’s lyrics compared love to the experience of staring into the sun and the results were stunning, with the country crooner’s experience shining through. The vulnerable tune was a hit with the live audience and should easily grab the #1 spot on iTunes.
Wakefield’s duet with Blake Shelton was also inspired. The pair teamed up to tackle Hank Williams Jr’s “The Conversation,” and the performance’s intimacy made it feel like the cowboys were just singing at a hole-in-the-wall bar in Nashville (in a good way). The song choice led to an immediate connection with the audience and allowed Wakefield to showcase his voice in the best way possible.
Finally, Wakefield’s cover of “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill was breathtaking. The song choice was superb as it honestly felt like the track was one that was also penned by Wakefield. The singer poured himself into his performance and, once again, delivered.
While many predicted Alisan Porter as this year’s likely winner, Adam’s consistency on Monday night could easily result in him being named the upset winner.
I caught up with Adam on the red carpet after the show.
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.