On Monday night’s episode of “The Voice,” the first of a two-part finale, Longmeadow 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli and the three other remaining finalists — Kyla Jade, Spensha Baker, and Britton Buchanan — each performed three songs: a cover, a duet with his or her respective coach, and a new original single.
“This is the kind of song that you would hear on the radio,” Cartelli said during a taped portion of the NBC singing competition before she debuted the original “Walk My Way.” “Doing a song that’s sassy, but kind of has that little flair to it, it’s very me.”
“You’re so amazing,” said Adam Levine, a coach on the show, after Cartelli’s performance. “And just to see the poise and the grace and elegance throughout this entire thing that you’ve managed to kind of maintain, not losing your head, being great every night, is so impressive for a 30-year-old, and the fact that you’re half that age is astounding to me.”
“That song is incredible,” agreed Kelly Clarkson, Cartelli’s coach. “You are incredible.”
Cartelli also performed “Skyfall” by Adele, and Cartelli and Clarkson together performed “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House.
Cartelli told Clarkson in a segment that aired before the duet, “Your voice and all of your music literally has inspired me since I was little. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, one day I’m going to sing with Kelly Clarkson.’ And here we are and today. It’s happening.”
During a taped portion of Monday’s show, host Carson Daly sat down with Cartelli and Clarkson to recap Cartelli’s experience this season.
Clarkson recalled how she felt after hearing Cartelli sing for the first time during the blind auditions.
“I legit told every single coach and my husband that night I had the girl that’s going to win ‘The Voice,'” Clarkson said.
The winner of the competition will be announced on Tuesday night and receive a recording contract.