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The Voice season finale recap: Live Finale

A deserving winner takes the title while a slew of strong performances steal the show.

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The Voice Finale
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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

You could have told me any of the Top 3 Voice finalists finished in any variation of their first, second, and third order tonight, and I would have believed you. This might not have been the most dynamic season of The Voice ever, but it somehow ended up with the most marketable group of finalists the series has ever seen: All of Craig Wayne Boyd, Damien, Chris Jamison, and Matt McAndrew’s original songs from last night charted in the Top 10 on iTunes by this afternoon, and every single song performed was in the Top 50.

With that, any one of these finalists could have reasonably taken the title—but in the end, it was the country man with the luscious golden locks, precious child, and proudest coach. Craig Wayne Boyd didn’t give a single bad performance this season, and probably more than any other finalist, he’s ready to go out there with his biggest fan—Blake, of course—and make a record. Matt and Chris certainly both seem like they have serious potential as recording artists, and Damien has a voice that can bring you (and him) to tears, but CWB is locked and loaded to produce music in his genre.

The Voice treats country singers well, and CWB could be be The Voice’s first real superstar. But I’d also like to point out the wisdom doled out tonight by pop-prophet, Pharrell: Everyone was always going to kicked off at some point, but it’s all about the next step—what you do the day after you get kicked off. I have a feeling Chris might be in good guiding hands with Pharrell. And Matt was always Adam’s favorite, so…

Speaking of the coaches: I’ve been going on and on about a portion of the show that only took up about the last two minutes. The rest of the two hours were spent decidedly not talking about who won. That meant performances from the returning Top 20 contestants, a whole slew of this year’s Grammy nominees, a few surprisingly funny vignettes, and a lot of giggling from the coaches. Here are 10 of the best winning moments that Carson Daly served up to us on a Nissan-sponsored platter while we waited patiently to this season’s results. By that, of course, I mean while we waited to see whether Adam or Blake would be winning whatever bet (I guarantee it involves nudity) they had riding on their own personal victory.

Winning Moment #1: Sponsors Keep the Lights On

My own personal favorite moments were any time Carson had to talk about a sponsor, including saying the phrase, “And they get red thumb rings!” after the finalists had just, in fact, won Nissans. But also, thumb rings! (They were a reminder to not text and drive, so they were at least important thumb rings.) He also got the privilege of listing the winning “Best Value Moments” up in the Sprint box. I bet you’re missing Christina Milian now, huh, Carson?

Winning Moment #2: Go Your Own Way, But Do it Together

All of the finalists got the chance tonight to bring back their “best Voice friends,” as Carson called them, for a group performance. While everyone sounded good (must be all that biffle-status), I’d say Matt did the best drafting with Sugar Joans, Taylor Phelan, Mia Pfirrman, and Taylor John Williams, and chose the best song, blending harmoniously and keeping the staging simple on “Go Your Own Way.” And special props to Sugar, Taylor, and DaNica Shirey who pulled double duty on the Bring-Back performances.

Winning Moment #3: Front Men

Matt McAndrew hit the stage with Fall Out Boy, where they sufficiently rocked out with their—well, you get it. But oddly, Fall Out Boy never even looked Matt’s way while he nailed the performance from faraway stage left. A similar thing happened when Damien performed with Jennifer Hudson. They were playful during the performance, but looked to have some sort of force field between them that wouldn’t let them even look at each other after they were done singing. I guess this is The Voice, and not “The Connection”—anyway, they sounded fierce on “It’s Your World.”

Winning Moment #4: NBC Cross-Promotion

Speaking of Fall Out Boy, did you know Patrick Stump is a judge on The Sing-Off special this year—which just so happens to be airing tomorrow night on NBC? I say, with absolutely no irony, that you should be watching The Sing-Off tomorrow night on NBC. That little nugget of a cappella is just the gift that keeps on giving… and keeps on finding new ways to avoid cancellation. For that, we are thankful. Of course, we’re also thankful for One Direction, whose December 23rd special will keep the lights on at NBC in 2015. Thank you, One Direction—if you’re considering a new “Sexy One,” might I recommend Chris Jamison?

NEXT: It’s all about ladies, coaches, and CWB…

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