Rachel Mac stuns in ‘the Voice’ finale with Lee Ann Womack cover
Rachel Mac, Team Nick Jonas finalist, presented a dazzling cover of Lee Ann Womack’s crossover country hit, “I Hope You Dance,” at The voice season finale Monday evening (May 24)
For the first night of the show’s two-part season finale, each of the top five contestants was asked to select a “dedication song” as well as an upempo song to perform. For her “dedication song,” Womack opted for the iconic and inspiring “I Hope You Dance,” which also perfectly showcased her strength and range as a singer.
Supported by a spotlight and wearing a matching glittering gold dress and crown, Mac brought an aesthetic that matches the song’s natural, radical drama and emotion. She was accompanied by soft strings and a swelling piano line, but kept the song’s powerful lyrical message in the spotlight throughout her performance.
Womack released “I Hope You Dance” in early 2000, and the song became a Billboard Hot Country Songs # 1 hit parade and top 10 of all genres Billboard Hot 100. It won numerous awards at country-focused awards after its release, and also won a Grammy for Best Country Song.
Since then, the song has been covered frequently by artists of all genres and has become synonymous with a message of encouragement, often to children, graduates and anyone else with a bright future ahead of them. This post certainly struck a chord during Mac’s performance on The voice: She is the last candidate of the Nick team and has a one in five chance of winning the title of champion of the season.
During his time on The voiceMac quickly earned a name for herself with her stripping covers of singer-songwriters like Patty Griffin and Elton John. Earlier in May, she impressed with a delicate rendition of Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow”.
The voice will be back Tuesday night (May 25) for the second part of the season finale. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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