With just days to The Voice
finale, the Top 4 put on a show at Universal CityWalk Hollywood on Thursday, and I caught up with them there to see how they're doing before the big ending.
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Tony Lucca (Team Adam), Chris Mann (Team Christina), Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) and Juliet Simms (Team Cee Lo) were up bright and early to perform for fans at the 5 Towers at CityWalk.
After some technical hiccups that caused a late start, Jermaine encouraged the audience to sing along during his version of "Living on a Prayer." Tony followed with his now-famous take on "Baby One More Time," then Chris sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Juliet closed out the show with her take on "Roxanne."
Before the artists took the stage, they took time out of their morning to chat with me about what's ahead for them.
"I feel like it hasn't really sunk in yet," admitted Chris. "We all last night were like, 'This is insane.' We have a lot of work to do."
Juliet attested to that, admitting that "I don't know what I'm singing Monday. Right now I'm facing the hardest part of the competition, I'd say. I do well under pressure and I'm just trying to summon up all of the power I can to pull through."
She's still adjusting to the departure of her teammate Jamar Rogers, saying that "It was really hard because he's become such a good friend, and I respect him so much as a performer. He deserves to be here just as much as I do. It was such a mixture of emotions, being happy but being so sad, and the thought of him being hurt or upset like that just hurts me too. We back each other till the very end."
As far as what they're most looking forward to about the finale, Chris told me
it's "100 percent, my duet with Christina [Aguilera]. This is something
I came into the show saying, 'I have to do this song.' We're doing the
song. It's a dream come true. I hope some tears shed. It might be the
coolest thing of the season."
Tony Lucca confided that while it's taken him a little time to "adapt and adjust to some of the criticism, constructive or otherwise, it's been a blessing to be honest. I've had to make some adjustments and sort of tapped into something I didn't see coming, working with Adam [Levine]. We get a little more courageous each week, and this week is no exception."
Each artist will perform four songs in the finale, including a duet with their coach. America will then have until 10 AM Tuesday morning to vote for who they believe should be named "The Voice."
The final week of the season will also feature guest performers including Flo Rida, Green Day and Lady Antebellum. (Will they be singing with the artists, as Ryan Tedder, Pat Monahan and Stevie Nicks did last season? No idea.)
What's the first thing Chris will do if he wins? "I would love to go to
Vegas," he told me. "Not spend the money, but hang out with my friends.
My friends from all over the country have been rallying behind me and it
would be cool to have the time to celebrate with them."
"This whole experience is all the adrenaline I need," said Jermaine, who
admitted he was "surprised" to be in the final four. "You work for so
long to be busy. I'm loving the fact that I've got something to do every
day, even if it is late nights and early mornings."
The Voice's final performance show airs this Monday at 8 PM ET/PT and the winner of season two will be crowned on Tuesday at 9 PM ET/PT on NBC.For more on The Voice, you can follow my Voice-exclusive Twitter at @bigredchairs.
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