The season two finale of The Voice was quite the extravaganza as former contestants and a number of today’s biggest artists joined the finalists for the big moment. As predicted, Jermaine Paul took the title at the end of the two hour live finale and what a well deserved win this was. But there was plenty of music leading up to that moment, some good, some bad.
As part of the finale celebration, each finalist chose former artists of the season to perform with on the the stage one last time this season, each individual reminders why Paul was indeed the best person to win. Tony Lucca from Team Adam performed “Go Your Own Way” with Jordis Unga. Lucca not making it into the final two was wildly disappointing but I cannot say that I missed Unga. Never a big fan of hers, last night’s performance did not help her case. Unga seemed very uncomfortable in her dress and with the song and that’s just not a good recipe. While Lucca shined, Unga seemed to be in pain and that was not at all satisfying for anyone. So these two don’t exactly win for best performance of the night from former contestants but good luck in the music industry now!
Chris Mann from Team Christina chose to perform “Bittersweet Symphony” with Lindsay Pavao and Katrina Parker. What a great performance! Team Christina really had some incredible talent this year. Any of them could have won this show had Paul not been invited to audition for the show. Now while the timing of the ending among the three vocalists could have been tighter, this was easily one of the most exciting performances of the night as it brought together two of my favorite artists, Pavao and Parker with Mann as the cherry on top. Fabulous performance. This one takes the win.
Sera Hill, Kim Yarbrough, Cheesa, and Naia Kete also returned to the stage to deliver “Superstitious” and ended up confirming why none of them won. Hill still cannot dance and sing at the same time and that is as far as we”ll get into for that. Of these four, Cheesa and Yarbrough had the biggest chance of getting farther in the game. Hill has a fantastic voice but needs more vocal training to polish her control and training in general as a performer. Kete is a hit or miss performer and the other two are fabulous and simply did not have the support they needed to stay in the game. Cheesa’s voice is also an acquired taste, so it is completely understandable why she did not last in the game. After all, it took me about a week or to before her elimination to fall for her. In the end, their eliminations were for the best. There is always room for improvement and their loss in the game was really a gain, unforgettable lesson and stepping stone to where they will end up. Good job ladies and good luck!
Juliet Simms from Team Cee Lo was lucky enough to perform “With A Little Help From My Friends” with Erin Willett, Raelynn, and Jamar Rogers as well as “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida. The former was fantastic, one of the best performances of the night from the artists. Who else misses Willett, RaeLynn, and Rogers especially? I definitely did not appreciate or see Rogers’ vocal talent as greatly as I do now, after the fact. That’s disappointing. Who else can see now what everyone has been talking about, saying that Rogers was a front runner and could have won this whole thing? Anyway, in the second performance, Simms was off key towards the end and we learned that she is definitely not a commercial artist. Moreso, it was confirmed. We all could have done without Simms joining Flo Rida of all artists to sing with. This was just not a great match. Bless her heart, she sang that song to her best ability but it was just not a great fit.
Finally, Jermaine Paul of Team Blake performed The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back” with Jamar Rogers, James Massone, and Pip. Rogers was quite a hot item last night! This was another fun performance, not as memorable as the guys may have wanted it to be, but it was definitely thrilling at the time. As for the all star performances, Justin Bieber returned to The Voice to perform his new single, “Boyfriend.” Did anyone else feel a disconnect with the performance due to the production value? Something seemed to be missing, making the performance mediocre. His vocals were on point, but how often are they not? Daryl Hall and John Oates also performed their first ever hit “Rich Girl” while the best performance of the entire night went to Multi-Platinum country music trio Lady Antebellum, who performed “Wanted You More.” What a group. If you have not listened to their music to date, you must make it a point to do so as soon as possible. Thank me later.
Along the way, filling in the time, a special scene of Parks & Recreation as well as a skit from Saturday Night Live cast member, Kenan Thompson with a The Voice tie in were shown. These are much more entertaining time sucks, I mean fillers than what other music reality competition series do so job well done here! More fulfilling for the finalists though were the cars they were given, especially to Simms who did not have a car prior to this. What a wonderful consolation prize. This will help out the artists in more ways than can be numbered here, so NBC has done a beautiful thing here helping these artists (not to mention, their families) out here with this need.
The time finally came to announce the winner and as expected, Chris Mann came in fourth. Had Christina Aguilera not made the comments that she did earlier in the season, Mann would have been third or second but I do not think that he would have won. The classical music comeback in mainstream is just not today or tomorrow. The actual shocker of the night came when Tony Lucca came in third and Juliett Simms came in second. For sure, I thought that the results would be in reverse. Simms just did not seem like a second place contender. She has fought hard for that second place spot but to know that America does want to hear a voice like hers, it is refreshing and surprising. Surprising because I have yet to hear people like Dana Fuchs on the radio who reminds me of Simms in so many ways. Separating second and first place were 4% of votes with Paul rightfully taking the win. Knowing that Team Blake took the win this year, it felt like justice since his team last year was brilliant but no one in the competition stood a chance with Colon in the game. And this year, the playing field was more level, so the new group of talent on Team Blake really got to shine. Team Blake has really got it! Congrats Paul and Blake Shelton on the win and get ready Shelton to kill it next season! What a great season this has been. Having lost some stand outs, everything happened just as it should have happened to get Paul to this winning moment so no regrets with the voting and results all season long. Congratulations Paul! If you liked what you saw last night, stay tuned for season three!
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