Last night the final 3 contestants on NBC’s hit reality competition ‘The Voice‘ had one last chance to win over America’s vote. Ultimately it was a one-horse race as season frontrunner Cassadee Pope separated herself from the other two with her epic performances of Faith Hill‘s “Cry” and a rerun of her season breakout “Over You” – a track that coach Blake Shelton penned with his wife Miranda Lambert. Shortly after the former Hey Monday frontlady performed the Lambert hit on the show, radio stations across the nation picked up her version as a single. The first time a contestant from the series has had this kind of mass appeal before -or after for that matter- the show’s end.
Pope’s tracks topped the iTunes charts today, which gains her an enormous amount extra votes based on this year’s new vote-tabulating rules. And with that, it can only be assumed that tonight’s star-studded finale will be anti-climactic as host Carson Daly vamps to fill time before the fresh-faced Avril Lavigne replacement (who will join her for a performance tonight) is announced the winner. Luckily the show has booked Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars and Rihanna to take the stage and Cassadee will resurrect her fellow cast mates Liz Davis, De’borah and Melanie Martinez for what is sure to be a stunner. If you remember from my interview with country-cutie Liz Davis, she and Pope became besties when they both joined Team Blake earlier this year.
My Prediction: Not only will Cassadee Pope win the NBC series, she will go onto be the most successful artist to come from a reality competition since Carrie Underwood‘s win on ‘American Idol‘. Mark my words, this girl’s got –dare I say– the “X Factor.”
Tune into the season finale of ‘The Voice’ tonight on NBC, which will also mark Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera’s final episode of the series.