A Few Final Thoughts
I had a lot going on yesterday and got home around 11:30 PM and thought I would only watch a half hour or so of the finale. After all, I had already purposely looked to see who won. I ENDED UP WATCHING THE WHOLE TWO HOURS. What a fun, joyful finale and I’m so pleased with the winner. (But needless to say, I am on my 3rd cup of coffee this morning)
This night is always one of my faves. Voting is closed, and while they are anxious and nervous about the results, the finalists can relax a little in their performances because all voting is over. I think in the past this has made a noticeable difference. I think it did for We, because her performance with John Legend was one of her best ever. You could tell he was enjoying it too.
Each finalist got to bring back other artists from any team to do a final performance. It gives a glimpse into what relationships formed behind the scenes. Best bring back? Sundance with his fellow Team Blake members Austin Allsup and Courtney Harrell singing You Ain’t Worth the Whiskey. From the reactions in the comments, I vote for this to be the new Window Licker theme song! Unfortunately, these can also sometimes confirm that America was right in sending some people home. Billy brought back multiple people to sing Proud Mary. Ali killed it, and Christian held his own of course. But Sa’rayah failed to impress, and Courtney’s trembling vocal style is NOT suited for this song AT ALL. I’ve decided that Courtney is just not my cup of tea.
One of the most fun performances was Sundance and KISS. In a tear jerker moment, on Monday’s episode lake let Sundance know while they were in the recording studio KISS had agreed to perform with him. Sundance had an older brother that took him to a KISS concert when he was 9 years old, and Sundance spent the entire concert on his brothers shoulders. The brother died a month later in a car accident. So KISS is very special to him.
They did full on KISS with makeup, pyrotechnics, and guitar smashing. And of course, Sundance, country hat and all front and center. It was great! Miley and Alicia totally lost their shit and went total fan girl.
When they announced the winner, it was one of the best celebrations I can remember. First, the timing was better as I seem to recall that there wasn’t much time left the last two seasons. His entire family came up, confetti was everywhere. Did anyone else catch the cute moment when Sundance’s dad and Miley danced on stage? I’m going to miss her.
Carson handed Sundance a microphone so he could sing Darlin Don’t Go. He managed to do a few bars between the hugs and tears. He even kept singing when he gave his dad a big hug. You couldn’t see his face, but you could sure hear the tears. So well deserved, and I hope he skyrockets. I know that Blake and the executive producer Mark Burnett have stated that the show is not meant to try to create someone to win Grammy’s for the show, but to highlight all sorts of talent and perhaps help those artists advance in their careers to support themselves and their families comfortably with their music full time. However, in my gut, if anyone gets to the level of earning an award, it will be Sundance.
It was a great end, to a great season.