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‘The Voice’ Finale Recap: The Winner Is Revealed

Tue, December 18, 2012 11:39pm EDT by Billy Nilles 8 Comments
Cassadee Pope The Voice Winner
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With the highest number of votes in ‘Voice’ history, season three came to a close on Dec. 18 with a night of great music, a farewell to coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green — oh yeah, and a winner was crowned, too! Did the right person win?

Well, fellow Voice fans, that’s all she wrote. Season three is a wrap, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green have said their good-byes, and one finalist was named the winner — that’s not even mentioning all the musical guests who stopped by! What a night!

The Music

Rihanna opened the show with a pre-taped performance of “Diamonds”. She looked stunning, but it’s time she choose a new single and start performing that. Agree?

Each artist was given the choice to bring back artists from the season to join them one last time. Terry McDermott chose to perform with Rudy Paris, Amanda Brown, Bryan Keith, and Michaela Paige. They joined the Scot rocker on “Rock and Roll All Night” by KISS. This was a really fun performance, and it was great to see Amanda on stage again!

Nicholas David was joined by Smokey Robinson to sing “Cruising”. This is such a strange song for two men to sing together. I thought it was a duet between a man and woman, not two men crooning to an audience of woman, but it’s undeniable how great the two sounded together. I’ve always been a fan of the song ever since Gwyneth Paltrow sang it in that movie about karaoke called Duets. Remember that movie? No one else does, either.

The Killers stopped by and I fell asleep because they haven’t been exciting since I was a senior in high school. It was probably exciting for Cassadee Pope to sing with them, but, boy, zzzzz.

Mackenzie Bourg, Dez Duron, Julio Cesar Castillo, Cody Belew, and Diego Val returned as this season’s “biggest heartbreakers” to sing “Stacy’s Mom”. I was thrilled to see Cody back on stage, but this number mostly only reminded me how boring Dez and Diego were.

Kelly Clarkson Is Radiant, Duh

Kelly Clarkson stopped by to sing “Catch My Breath” with Cassadee and Terry, look and sound luminous, and gush about her recent engagement. Does it get any better than Kelly? I think not.

Cassadee sang “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons for her “bring back” song and brought back Melanie Martinez, Liz Davis, and De’borah. It was great to see Melanie and De’borah again, and everyone sounded great on the song, which is just one gem on Imagine Dragons’ incredible album. If you like the song, get the album. You won’t be disappointed.

Peter Frampton joined Terry on “Baby I Love Your Way,” which had to be a huge moment for the rocker.

Nicholas brought back Trevin Hunte, Dez, and Amanda for his “bring back” track — the artists he felt he connected with the most during the season. They joined him to sing “End of the Road’ by Boys II Men, which made hilarious use of Nick’s soulful speaking voice.

Cassadee got to sing with her hero, however dubious a choice that is, Avril Lavigne. The two sang “I’m With You”. While it was probably a shining moment in Cassadee’s life and career, I just can’t behind someone claiming Avril as their biggest hero. Sorry, can’t.

The final performance by the original coaches was really sweet. They sang Green Day’s “Time Of Your Life,” a song that was also played at my sixth grade graduation, in case you were wondering. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of chemistry Adam and Blake have with Usher and Shakira — I worry it won’t come close to what these four bring to the table together.

The Results

Before anyone was told they hadn’t won, Saint Cee Lo Green and Christina Milian announced that each of the finalists would be receiving a brand-new Kia car! “Holy buckets,” Nick exclaimed. I didn’t disagree.

After a long night of truly excellent music, it was time for the winner to be crowned. With just six minutes to go before the show ended, Carson Daly finally gathered the finalists to reveal the results. After some obligatory questions about how each felt in that moment and final words from the coaches, Carson first revealed the artist in third place: Nick.

With it between Terry and Cassadee, and Carson drawing out the suspense as much as possible, he finally announced that Cassadee was the winner! “I’m feeling amazing,” she said right after. As she should.

With that, another season of The Voice comes to a close, HollywoodLifers. Thanks for taking this ride with me, everyone! Were you pleased with the outcome? Should Cassadee have won? Or were you pulling for either Nick or Terry? Let me know in the comments below!

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