'The Voice': What We Learned From The Finale
On Tuesday night, The Voice revealed the results of America’s fifth and final vote for Season 6, and showed us which of its three finalists you chose to be The Voice. Here are a few things that we took away from the results show, as you voted for the artists you wanted to see in the final round.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen Tuesday’s live eliminations show yet, read no further, because we’re about to tell you exactly who won the competition.
01) Someone picked a bad, bad time to screw up. Host Carson Daly announced at the top of the show that there had been an issue with Josh Kaufman's single version of "Set Fire to the Rain" - iTunes had listed it as an album, rather than a single, making it difficult for fans to find and download (and therefore vote). The decision was made to scrap all iTunes votes, and viewers were assured that doing so had no bearing on the final results, even though fellow finalists Christina Grimmie and Jake Worthington had multiple songs in the Top 10 on the iTunes singles chart. It's only the second time in Voice history there's been an error, but it's a shame that it happened at the most important time.
02) Adam and Blake can be beaten. For the first time in six seasons, someone other than Adam Levine and Blake Shelton has taken home the Voice trophy. Usher can enjoy his break during Season 7 knowing that he's made show history, and even Adam and Blake were happy about it. "I think viewers of the show were ready for somebody else to win. If I watched the show, I would be," said Blake. "You have to change it up at some point.
"To be honest, when I heard that Usher was coming to the show for Season 4, I thought at that moment, I was like, 'Well, it was fun for a minute.' Knowing his history with developing artists...I just thought we're never going to win again," he continued. "And the fact that we did was a shock to me. If there was ever anybody that I thought could beat us, it would've been Usher."
"Now, I will go on and say that crap ain't gonna happen again," he jokingly declared. "Ever."
03) Who's going to fill out The Voice Tour's lineup. It was mentioned on-air that Team Shakira's Kristen Merlin won the previously announced fan vote to gain the presumed final spot on this summer's concert roster. What was uncovered later on, via the tour's website, is that there's now an eighth member of the tour: Team Usher's Jake Barker, most famous for performing Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" before going home in the first round of battles. Kristen and Jake will join Josh, Christina, Jake, Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin and Dia Frampton beginning June 21 in San Antonio, Texas.
04) Adam was serious about signing Christina Grimmie to his record label. He declared it on air and backed that statement up at the post-finale press conference. "One hundred percent. As far as I'm concerned, it's happening," he told reporters. "She's incredible. One of the coolest things about Christina is, it's so hard to have traction as a singer and have the youtube following that she has. All the things that she had in place before she was on The Voice are the hardest things for an artist to get." If a deal is officially done, Christina would be the second Team Adam member to join 222 Records, following Season 2 finalist Tony Lucca, who's no longer with the label.
05) What it feels like to be Josh Kaufman right now. You can't talk about the finale without speaking to the winner, who spoke just minutes after being handed his shiny new trophy. "It feels amazing," he told us. "It's been so great working with Usher. And that's been the story of the show, right, either Adam wins or Blake wins, and that's how it goes. So you have to change that. And, I think, kind of change more things about the type of music and some different things that we did. It's amazing."
The Voice will return for Season 7 this fall on NBC.