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The Voice recap: Live Finale, Part 2

We have our new Voice.

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The Voice

type:
TV Show
genre:
Reality TV, Music
run date:
04/26/11
performer:
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys
broadcaster:
NBC
seasons:
12
Current Status:
In Season

It’s been written in The Voice stars all season long. That’s no exaggeration, either.

Ever since the blind auditions when Adam Levine first made that offhand comment about his sheer jealousy that Christina Aguilera had already won season 10 by snagging the “Blue Bayou”-belting Alisan Porter, she’s been the far and away fan favorite and her coach’s vet for the very “definition” of this show.

Tonight, our all-grown-up Curly Sue has finally, officially won her title as this season’s Voice (and by extension, Team Christina has finally broken the dreaded “girl curse” just in time for the female-to-male coaching ratio to even out a bit with Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys taking the red seats Xtina and Pharrell Williams are vacating). If you didn’t see that coming, now might be a great time for a check-up with the optometrist because Alisan Porter winning tonight was basically the big “E” on the proverbial vision test of this season.

That’s not to say she came to this moment easily, though.

Country crooner Adam Wakefield was certainly a consistent threat throughout, especially since iTune sales on his new original number “Lonesome, Broken and Blue” from this week were stellar, making a coup very possible. Meanwhile, Laith Al-Saadi and Hannah Huston were formidable foes as well, as they both played to different audience interests (bluesy rock’n’roll for the former and a sultrier pop feel with the latter).

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Alisan Porter’s was the running story of the season, though: The child actress who fell from grace, healed herself, made a family, and then started from the very bottom all over again to win the spotlight she really wanted all along. It’s practically a movie script, her tale. So, with that instant headline fodder plus her stunning set of pipes and an almost flawless series of song selections, she did what she needed to to win right away and then keep on doing so again and again until the end. And here we are:

1st Place: Alisan Porter (Team Christina)

2nd Place: Adam Wakefield (Team Blake)

3rd Place: Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell)

4th Place: Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam)

In addition to giving the champ her shiny new W, we were also treated a mini-talent showcase from all four finalists — each paired with celeb guests and their choices for bring-back performer groups. Where last night’s duets were lacking in charisma somehow, most of the comeback quartets here manage to accomplish something special, even with all their voting stakes out of the way for good.

NEXT: The contestants give us one more set of shows …

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