'The Voice' Season 18 Finale: CammWess kicks off night's performances with Prince's 'Purple Rain'
The two-day finale event kicked off on May 18 with the top 5 finalists - Toneisha Harris, Todd Tilghman, Micah Iverson, CammWess, and Thunderstorm Artis performing on 'Shine' - a song from the 1993-1994 debut album of American rock band Collective Soul.
John Legend talked about CammWess's journey from the beginning of the show revisiting all of his performances. CammWess also revealed that this is not the first time that he's met his coach. They had met at the Essence Festival and CammWess has still kept the wrist band that granted him entry to the festival as a souvenir from his first time meeting his idol. He's also kept the ticket for the first concert of his life featuring Prince. For the episode tonight, CammWess sang 'Purple Rain'. Never on the show's history has the song been cleared for use on the show but his coach made it happen for the young artist.
Even though he was performing the song remotely, CammWess managed to make it look like something close to what it would look like if it were shot in the studio. That coupled with his 'honey butter' tone he made his best effort to make the song his own. Not only did the artist sound amazing, but he also looked very good while doing so.
Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Nick Jonas gushed about the top-notch production and the former also added that she would love to party at the young artist's house. Jonas also mentioned that he did total justice to the song while his coach John added that he had no doubt about CammWess abilities to pull off this song.
Fans of the show also took to Twitter in droves with many of them posting about voting for CammWess for the win while a lot of them praised his artistry. One of the tweets read, "I might’ve just fallen in love with @CammWess nothing but chills his whole performance. #TheVoice"
While another fan wrote, "Perfect Performance of #PurpleRain by @CammWess! #Prince would be so proud! Awesome job!!"
"Purple Rain by the immortal Prince is the right way to start out the first night of finals! Beautiful job, @CammWess! #TeamLegend #TheVoice" wrote another fan.