Televised Talent: Finals Week

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

It is Finale Week in the world of Televised Talent.

Or as I like to think of it, Finals Week, since watching these shows will be a time suck I don't need in the midst of The Special Project from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks, reminiscent of the Week from Hell faced by college students. I am committed to bringing you a blog on each show that is having its finale this week, if only to say I told you so.

The things I do for my readers.

Following is the lowdown on each show's plans for a finale, and my bold prediction on who DESERVES to win. Not who WILL win, mind you, but who deserves to win. Because things go how they're supposed to roughly 25 percent of the time.

DANCING WITH THE STARS

The four final teams, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, and James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd will have one final chance to impress the judges tonight. At the end of the night, one couple will be eliminated based on the previous weeks' viewer votes, combined with the judges' scores from the previous Monday night.

Tuesday will be the first "results show" of the season, and the two-hour season finale will reunite all 12 original contestants and bring back favorite dances. Amber C. Riley, last season's Mirrorball winner, will be the musical guest. At the end of the night, the public vote from Monday night will be combined with the judges' scores from both nights to crown the Season 18 Champion.

Who Deserves to Win: Only one couple stands out among the final four -- Amy Purdy and Derek Hough. Don't believe the hype about Meryl and Maks. There are still too many people who dislike Bad Maks and don't believe Meryl really redeemed him. And Amy dances better with NO legs than others dance with two functioning ones.

This was the moment they captured my attention:

THE VOICE

Last week, Christina Grimmie earned the "instant save" to get a seat beside Josh Kaufman and Jake Worthington to compete in tonight's final competition round. Kat Perkins, meanwhile was finally "let go" in yet another example of prophetic lyrics.

Ed Sheeran stopped by to personally announce that he will perform at Tuesday's finale. The show will compete head to head with DWTS, with its performances tonight and the finale on Tuesday.

There was also a mini "Voice" homecoming as season five's three finalists Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and winner Tessanne Chin hit the stage with their new singles. Tessanne showed us why she won The Voice, and Will and Jacquie Lee showed us why they didn't.

The contrast is just as clear in Season 6.

Only one of the Top 3 deserves to win.

Who Deserves to Win: Josh Kaufman is the undisputed champion of the three. The "soul man," saved by Usher, went on to outlast the man Adam picked over him, Delvin Choice.

While Christina was somewhat uncharacteristically weak last week and Josh has battled his own breath control and "mush mouth," Josh has been consistent throughout.

Josh had me at this song. It made me turn my chair.

AMERICAN IDOL

Because you didn't have enough finales competing for your time, Tuesday will be the last chance for the two finalists, Caleb Johnson and Jena Irene, to perform for the top spot. The winner will be crowned Wednesday after a reunion of the finalists.

I've already belabored all the reasons that Jena Irene deserves to win and will not repeat myself here. Suffice it to say that the reasons we love Caleb are the same reasons he doesn't deserve to win, and his fans don't want him to win any more than I do.

As Simon Cowell once intoned, the true winner is determined by record sales.

I'd buy this record.

THE FALL OF THE SINGING SHOW

The cancellation of The X Factor, which Cowell left American Idol to host, might mean the bloom has fallen off the rose of the singing reality show.

Next season, Idol will follow the DWTS trend of sucking less of our time, airing its shows once a week.

But viewers aren't done with the singing reality show any time soon.

NBC has "America's Got Talent" returning this summer. Nick Lachey's "The Sing-Off" has evolved into a short-run holiday special.

ABC has scheduled two singing competition shows this summer. "Rising Star," which premieres June 22, features instant audience voting. "Sing Your Face Off" premieres May 31.

So kids can continue to grow up thinking that the way to sing their way onto a reality show is to get on national television.

Sigh of relief. My blogging gig is safe.

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