The Voice season finale recap: Ending on a high note
With cameos from Lady Gaga, Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, Celine Dion, and season five alums, the winner is announced
So that’s a wrap, folks. Tessanne Chin has been crowned the season 5 Voice winner. Jacquie Lee was runner-up, and Will Champlin came in third place.
Read EW.com’s post-show interview with Tessanne here.
Voice alums and supernova mega-music stars like Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, OneRepublic, and Ne-Yo all performed, before Carson Daly announced the season-ending champion.
The finale began with a season 5 alumni reunion performance of Outasight’s “Tonight is the Night.”
Jacquie Lee brought back Matthew Schuler, Cole Vosbury, James Wolpert, and Caroline Pennell to perform Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Then, divas collided when Tessanne and Celine Dion sang “Love Can Move Mountains” — they slayed it, and who knew Celine would look so pumped to be on the Voice stage? OneRepublic also sang their single “I Lived.”
A boy band composed of this season’s graduating class performed Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” amid dueling stair towers. In the class picture? Matthew Schuler, Josh Logan, Nic Hawk, Preston Pohl, and Ray Boudreaux.
Will Champlin brought back Jonny Gray, Austin Jenckes, Caroline Pennell, and Cole Vosbury to sing Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” Then, in one of the most jarring pairings of the night, Jacquie Lee sang with Paramore on “Ain’t It Fun.”
The patron saint of singing reality competitions, Kelly Clarkson, made an appearance in spirit, as Amber Nicole, Tamara Chauniece, Kat Robichaud, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Shelbie Z. and Grey sang “My Life Would Suck Without You.”
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Celine Dion made another appearance as she sang “Incredible” with Ne-Yo. Will and Aloe Blacc teamed up to sing “Wake Me Up.”
Tessanne called back James Wolpert, Olivia Henken, Grey, and Preston Pohl for a group performance of Sam and Dave’s “Hold On I’m Comin.'” On the tail end of this rendition was a sight to behold as Blake Shelton attempted to learn the “naked chicken dance” from Nic Hawk.
The best and most surreal pairing of the night was Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera singing “Do Want You Want.” In addition to the eye-popping sight of two divas sharing the stage, was Lady Gaga’s gold-gilded shoulder pads that looked as if they could sturdily hold up the universe. “This is the first time we’ve ever met,” Christina told Carson. Best performance of the season?
As the final three give their coaches their thank you’s and goodbye’s, Carson Daly announced “one of your lives will change forever…..”
A shocked and tearful Tessanne rejoiced in her win, with her mom and husband in the wings. She sang her debut single “Tumbling Down” amidst a confetti storm and all that well-deserved applause.
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