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The Voice 2 Finale Performance of Tony Lucca - Jay-Z's "99 Problems"
Tony Lucca is a former Mouseketeer who auditioned and became the early favorite to win The Voice 2. Although Lucca has made the finale, he has been somewhat inconsistent. Juliet Simms has surpassed him in betting odds to win the championship. She is at about 1.50, and Tony is at about 3.50, making her a more than 2-to-1 favorite to win over Tony.
For Lucca win, he needs a major comeback. In fact, his vocal was pretty good in the Top 8 semifinal round. But for some reason, teammate Katrina Parker won the public vote by a margin of 52 to 48. Tony was saved for the finale only because Adam Levine, his coach, assigned 60 points to him (to 40 for Katrina) for his half of the voting total.
Tony is still favored over Jermaine Paul and Chris Mann. Paul is at 8.50, and Chris is at 11.0. Juliet seems to have the momentum now after losing out on the public vote to Jamar Rogers in the Top 16. In the Top 8, she hit #4 in iTunes for her version of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," while Tony was around #30 in the hours after the Top 8 show. However, in the previous round, Tony had the highest charting iTunes studio recording, which was with Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time."
Lucca is going to need another "One More Time" type of performance to prevail over Juliet and win the title. Both the song choice and the performance are key, and he could also use some help by going last. If Juliet sings last, she is going to be a big favorite. How they will decide who goes last is beyond me, but the one performing the best in rehearsals should go last in my opinion. However, that is very subjective, and people would have different opinions on who is the best. At any rate, Tony Lucca needs the most help he can get to win The Voice 2. And going last might give him the extra 1 to 5 percent needed to capture the championship.
Tony sang Jay-Z's "99 Problems" for his solo performance. This was another good song choice that you would not expect. I think Tony did the best he could and gave his best performance of the season. I don't know if it was quite enough to win, but the strategy to win is there. And the performance was at least in the ball park of being close enough.