A new winner was crowned during the Season 10 finale of “The Voice,” but that’s not all that went down during the finale Tuesday. NBC pulled out all the stops, bringing on amazing performers and more.
The Season 10 finale kicked off with a performance from Little Big Town, performing “One of Those Days,” off their latest album. The opener led directly into the contestant montages, starting with Hannah Huston. During the clip, coach Pharrell Williams praised her singing ability and her zany personality, which served as the perfect segue into CeeLo Green’s performance of the Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy.” Alisan Porter, who initially made a name for herself as the star of “Curly Sue,” brought back several old “Voice” stars for a performance of Heart’s “Straight On.”
Laith Al-Saadi took the stage with Joe Walsh for a rendition of “Rocky Mountain Way.” He also performed a cover of Cream’s “White Room,” before moving on to an original work titled “Morning Light” and other songs. He was lent a helping hand from coach Adam Levine during a portion of his performance. He was followed by Hannah Huston from Pharrell Williams’ team, Blake Shelton’s prodigy Adam Wakefield, and Alisan Porter, who worked alongside Christina Aguilera all season.
Other celebrity performers included Sia, Zayn Malik and Ariana Grande. Sia sang “Cheap Thrills,” all the while showing off her dance skills. She was followed by Malik, singing “Like I Would.” Shelton briefly stole the show with his new single “She’s Got a Way with Words,” which was followed by more contestant performances and a story time-themed skit from Williams. Ariana Grande, joined by Aguilera, closed out the celebrity performance portion of the night with duets of the 22-year-old’s hits “Into You” and “Dangerous Woman.”
Finally, the winner was crowned. Host Carson Daly maintained the suspense, announcing the winners from last place up. Al-Saadi’s was the first name called, making him fourth runner-up, followed by Huston and Wakefield. Lastly Porter’s name was called as the Season 10 winner, as which time she broke down in well-deserved tears of joy.
“I have retired from Curly Sue. I am now the girl who won ‘The Voice!’” Porter said backstage (via People magazine). “I’ve waited 30 something years…”
Porter and Wakefield were favored to win with Huston and Al-Saadi in third and fourth place, respectively. Porter’s victory marks one final win for Aguilera, who announced that Season 10 would be her last. Williams will also be leaving the show following an unsuccessful season. Replacing them will be Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, neither of whom have any experience in music competitions. Their extensive resumes more than make up for that, however.
“The Voice” returns to NBC for Season 11 in the fall.