Best Performance: Amanda Brown
Amanda Brown's "Dream On" was the season's snap-your-neck musical moment, demonstrative of her ready-made star quality and an aggressive reclamation of the song from cock rock classic to new school diva. She stomped the stage in bitch heels like it was a catwalk, dragging the mic stand like a weapon and hitting the song's highest notes with impossible ferocity. It was the performance where a star was born, and it made Brown seem in league with the pop superstars who cameo on the show rather than one of the competitors aspiring to join those ranks. While Cassadee Pope's "Over You" inspired a tearful vote avalanche, it traded on sentiment as much as performance, whereas with Brown, it was truly about her Voice.
Runner up: Cody Belew’s "Crazy In Love," wherein the cocksure cowboy showed us all who the real diva was, complete with mic drop.
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