A valiant performance by Jamaican singer, Anita Antoinette was not enough to become the first ever wildcard finalist on American talent show, The Voice as it was revealed that Damien Lawson will be in the show’s final round Wednesday morning.
Antoinette and Lawson were two of nine wildcard hopefuls who vied for the unprecedented wildcard berth to join Matt McAndrew, Craig Wayne Boyd and Chris Jamison in next week’s final. After a less than stellar pair of performances that led her to be eliminated at the Top 10 stage late last month, Antoinette shifted from the norm of doing outright Reggae songs or Reggae-remixed pop songs and went for the jugular, performing John Mayer’s Waiting on the World to Change.
Adding some hip-hop and soul elements to the song, Antoinette showed more of the vocal control and confidence she displayed throughout the competition, making this arguably one of her better sets; earning widespread praise from the judges.
With just a six-hour window to vote, the social media campaign behind her appeared to be very strong, with popular disc jock/media personality, Nikki Z and season five winner of The Voice, Tessanne Chin leading the charge.
However, when the results were announced Wednesday morning on The Today Show, it was Lawson, who would win the wildcard spot, making coach, Adam Levine to overwhelming favourite to again be the winning coach on The Voice as he joined McAndrew and Jamison representatives of Team Adam in the final. Boyd is coached by acclaimed country singer, Blake Shelton.