After months of clawing and giving it their all on “The Voice” stage, the remaining four finalists finally found out their fate along with the rest of the country. However, just because the people wanted to hear one name be read doesn’t mean the show sacrificed its ability to stretch the action out for two long hours.
“The Voice” Season 9 finalists Jordan Smith, Barrett Baber, Emily Ann Roberts and Jeffery Austin each performed once again in a cavalcade of duets with both celebrities and returning artists from this year’s top 24. Although it was perhaps their most labor-intensive night since Monday’s finale performances -- it was easier now that their fate was out of their hands and the voting results were in. The three-hour finale event kicked off with the top 24 singing with the finalists at the center of the action. From there the night turned things up as a cavalcade of performances and new covers filled the time deficit before host Carson Daly finally read the winner’s name.
Performances included Coldplay, Missy Elliott, the Weeknd, Sam Hunt and Justin Bieber among others. In addition to the celebrity solo performances, each artist got to sing a duet with a favorite artist of theirs as a bit of a goodbye present for their time on the show (as if a brand-new car from Nissan wasn’t enough). Throughout the night, performances were interspersed with interviews with the cast as well as fun comedy sketches featuring each of the coaches. The series poked fun at Blake Shelton and the “Country Mafia” as well as Adam Levine and his status as the best coach in “The Voice” history. Unfortunately for all of the Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton shippers out there, the duo didn’t do anything to acknowledge their recent status as a couple directly.
When it was all over and the celebrities had cleared the stage, it was down once again to the remaining contestants and the outcome of America’s long night of voting for their favorite. Daly kicked things off by announcing the fourth place winner of “The Voice” Season 9 -- Jeffery Austin. The singer from Team Gwen had to be rescued in the Live Save last week, so it was no surprise that America’s feelings didn’t change at this stage in the competition. Following him was the reveal of Blake Shelton’s male country singer Barrett Baber, who took home third place in the 2015 competition. With that, it was down to the two clear front-runners of Season 9. In the end, it was finally announced that Jordan Smith beat out Emily Ann Roberts for the title of winner, the $100,000 prize and a recording contract with Universal Records.
The episode ended on a high note, literally, as the artist sang his song from Monday night joined by his parents, coach Adam Levine and the admiration of an adoring crowd as he prepares for whatever is next for him as a winner of “The Voice.”