Spoiler alert! The following story contains spoilers the performance finale of The Voice Season 20.
Season 20 of The Voice is in the books, as far as the performances go, with just the votes to be counted and the winner announced. The Voice's performance finale featured the five finalists each performing two times — a dedication and an up-tempo cover to showcase the kind of artist they are. The "up-tempo" performance took the place of past seasons' original song performance. But with a recording contract on the line for the finalists, what did the so-called "Journey Songs" show about the finalists and the kind of music we might see from them if they win Season 20? Check out the options!
Kenzie Wheeler (Team Kelly)
There's just no denying Kenzie Wheeler's place in country music. The teenager is doing what he's meant to be doing. Kicking off the finale with the honky tonk crowd-pleaser "Heartland" by George Strait, the last remaining Four-Chair Turn was as consistently on brand as he has been all season. That authenticity was what made Kelly Clarkson use her Block on Blake Shelton when Wheeler started singing "Don't Close Your Eyes" in the Blind Auditions, and it may likely be what leads him to victory in Season 20.
Victor Solomon (Team Legend)
Victor Solomon started his Voice journey singing John Legend's "Glory," and he finished it appropriately, with "Freedom" by Beyonce. Solomon closed out the performance finale with what his EGOT-winning coach called the best performance he'd ever witnessed on The Voice stage, as he had "complete mastery" of his singing, rapping and dancing. Legend famously had not turned his chair in the Blind Auditions for anyone who sang one of his songs. Solomon was the first, and this performance proved why he could be the last man standing.
Cam Anthony (Team Blake)
What hasn't Cam Anthony done on The Voice? He's made John Legend jealous, he's become the front-runner on a traditionally country Blake Shelton team, and at the finale, he shocked the whole coaching panel by singing "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Bon Jovi. While the song choice was surprising, his domination of it was not, with Kelly Clarkson saying he could be successful not only in music, but in any facet of the entertainment industry. Shelton does tend to talk a big game for his team (and sometimes others), but he said it all when he told Anthony, "We all know what we're witnessing here" and "congratulations."
Jordan Matthew Young (Team Blake)
Jordan Matthew Young, who advanced to the finale via an Instant Save in the Semifinals, has shown some range in the competition, auditioning with "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," and performing such songs as "She Talks to Angels" and "Rose-Colored Glasses" along the way. In the finale he went straight blues, performing "Key to the Highway" by B.B. King and Eric Clapton. If this performance was supposed to signal the kind of music we should expect to see going forward, blues was an interesting and very cool direction. As John Legend pointed out, no one else is doing music in that genre this season, and Young brings a different energy to the stage.
Rachel Mac (Team Nick)
Rachel Mac is the only female in the Season 20 finale, as well as the youngest singer left in the competition at 16 years old. Flying under the radar as a One-Chair Turn on Nick Jonas' team, Mac has decade-jumped throughout the competition, from Elton John to Jewel to Christina Perri. In the finale, Mac tackled the Fleetwood Mac hit "The Chain," which really allowed her to rock out and show some grit. Jonas said her performance felt like being at a concert, and he just wanted her to go on for 30 or 40 more minutes. If America agrees, we may just get to see more of Mac.
So who will it be? Be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday for a two-hour finale event on NBC, when America's votes will be revealed and The Voice will crown its Season 20 champion. As spring shows wrap for the summer, check out our list of upcoming season finales and the 2021 summer TV premiere schedule.
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