‘The Voice’ Finale Recap: The Winner Is Revealed

Tue, December 18, 2012 11:39pm EST by 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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Myra Valcourt

Posted at 6:30 PM on February 25, 2013  

I doubt anyone still looks at these articles, but they are good flashbacks to a memorable S3!! Terry McDermott has kept busy, as have many of the Top 10 artists. I got pretty excited when I heard Terry is working on the release of a NEW single “Pictures” written by him, to ITunes. If you’re interested, there’s a free preview track available for a listen on Soundcloud, Just look for Terry’s account under his name, the track “Pictures” is there! Good song!!

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Posted at 1:08 PM on December 19, 2012  

I think MILO stole the show on Monday night… Who is that young fellow??? We think that he is Ceelo’s son, but his son’s name is Kingston..Help clear this up… Nick should have won!!!!

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Melissa Wright

Posted at 10:05 AM on December 19, 2012  

she might be able to sing but we have already heard the likes of her. there a more of her out there. Nick and Terry were refreshing. i was goin for nick. this country needs more music from him. soulful and ful of heart. who cares about pop crap. there is plenty of it out there. frankly we need a change. i don’t think she should have won.

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Posted at 10:23 AM on December 19, 2012  

I’ve seen quite a few responses like this and I’m a bit confused. When did this show become the X-Factor? There’s nothing about this show that says we’re supposed to be voting for the most unique artist. It’s called, “The Voice”. If people(those that voted and bought the songs) decide that she has the voice that they’d be most likely to listen to then the show is doing exactly what it states. I enjoyed all of them and would be willing to buy anything they put out. Criticizing the show(and for some people even the singer) for not being unique enough feels a bit like sour grapes….and possibly a show like the X-Factor would be more to your liking.

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Tracey ,Duncan

Posted at 6:28 AM on December 19, 2012  

Terry should have won. I love him and wish him the best in everything

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Dana Mugavero

Posted at 5:56 AM on December 19, 2012  

Should have been Nicholas.

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Posted at 2:45 AM on December 19, 2012  

How many voted did Tge Voice earn tonight ?

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Jon Moore

Posted at 12:08 AM on December 19, 2012  

I do believe she was the best …….. she can sing it all from country to pop

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