Jordan Smith Wins The Voice Season 9: See His Finale Performances

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“The Voice” recap: The Season 9 winner is crowned in a star-studded finale..

Carson Daly promised an epic finale, and that’s exactly what we got in the Season 9 wrapup of “The Voice.” In an episode full of artist reunions, hilarious skits and awe-inspiring performances, I almost forgot about the big reveal.For weeks, it has seemed almost preordained that Smith, a 22-year-old college student from Harlan, Ky., would win “The Voice.” We may have sensed it even back at his endlessly hyped blind audition, in which Smith applied his gravity-defying, gender-blurring vocals to Sia’s “Chandelier” and moved his eventual coach and chief cheerleader, Adam Levine, to call the high-voiced, large-bodied, perpetually poised singer “the most important person” ever to compete on the show.It wasn’t exactly Hail to The Voice, but it was authentic Adam Levine introducing Season 9 victor and Team Adam member Jordan Smith at a press conference after Tuesday’s finale of The Voice.The winning artist and coach of The Voice’s ninth season were crowned tonight after Monday night’s round of excellent performances from the top four artists: Emily Ann Roberts, Barrett Baber, Jeffery Austin and Jordan Smith.

On a live finale that also featured performances by some of the biggest names in music – including Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Usher, and Coldplay – the 22-year-old winner held his hand over his face in shock as he was named the season champion. But that couldn’t be said for the final four contestants, who anxiously awaited the fate of their future after giving it their all in Monday night’s performances. Certainly, it has became clear in recent weeks, as Levine’s continued hyperbolic praise (“You’re not a singer; you’re a figure,” the Maroon 5 singer told Smith a few weeks back, in the sort of gush we’d soon grow used to. “You’re a person that everyone draws this amazing energy from”) was matched by Smith’s stellar performance on iTunes. For five straight weeks, the songs Smith sang on the show made a beeline for the iTunes top 10, including two that shot up to No. 1, one of them knocking Adele out of the top spot in the process.

Smith, who grew up singing in a church choir and has a repertoire that includes pop, gospel and Christian music, said he never assumed he would win, even if others did. “It’s just crazy. His family also joined him onstage as he once again performed Climb Ev’ry Mountain from The Sound Of Music – a favorite performance from the season – with Pharrell Williams holding him by the shoulder and shaking his head at him in wonder. Even by “The Voice” iTunes-performance standards, which are reliably high, Smith’s chart domination stood out, as did his unearthly vocals, his steady poise and apparent modesty — and his desire to serve as an example for those who do not fit the mold but might yet learn to love themselves and celebrate their differences. To kick the night off, the top 24 returned to do a group performance of “Lean On.” Baber brought back fellow Team Blake member Zach Seabaugh for a duet of “Forever and Ever, Amen.” Austin brought back Team Pharrell’s Madi Davis for a performance of Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry On Their Own,” and it was a stark reminder of how strong of an artist Davis was and how she really deserved a spot in this finale.

This will be especially interesting given his coach’s recent, candid remarks about how very few “Voice” winners have seen any actual career success — and blamed the record labels. Jordan, meanwhile, had called it ‘so surreal’ to even be in the finale, adding: ‘I can remember sitting in class and doing my music theory homework and taking exams and wishing for something like this.

You have goals and dreams and then always doubt creeps in,” said the singer, who cited a rendition of Queen’s Somebody to Love as a season highlight. “There were so many times when I did not expect to be in this position. For his bring back performance, Smith brought back a whole crew of his favorites from the season: Evan McKeel, Amy Vachal, Korin Bukowski, Regina Love and Mark Hood.

Last month, Levine slammed the labels affiliated with the show, saying that executives have no clue what to do after a “Voice” winner lands on their doorstep, let alone develop a strategy to make them a star. “When the baton is passed post-‘Voice,’ there’s some problems. Blake’s other finalist, Emily Ann – wearing an eye-catching dress with a billowy floor-length blue skirt – had tears streaming down her face as she waited for the decision.

Team Gwen’s Jeffery Austin, who had barely survived last week’s deep cut ahead of the finale, came in fourth, depriving Stefani of her chance, at least for now, to become the first female coach to capture a win. There’s some real issues there,” Levine fumed to Howard Stern, adding, “The rollout of all that is still such a mess.” Levine clarified that he and his fellow coaches, along with NBC, make a real effort to help their contestants prepare for a real-world singing career.

Jordan was joined by the show’s former coach Usher – called ‘our dear friend’ by Carson – to sing David Guetta’s hit Without You, surrounded by dry ice and with Usher heading down to hug the current coaches after his performance. But I’m so proud to be sitting here.” Levine gave Smith, who got a rare four-chair turnaround during blind auditions before the coaches, all the credit for giving Team Adam its third victory in nine Voice seasons.

But when the season ends, there’s only so much they can do. “We do so much great s— for these singers, and then they go to a record label that I won’t mention. The Team Adam winners “were all so good I couldn’t possibly have screwed it up. … I won because (Jordan is) on my team,” said Levine, saying Smith is a better singer than he is. “It’s fun to be this guy’s coach. Coldplay performed their new single “Adventure of a Lifetime” and inexplicably had people in monkey suits on stage and did a balloon drop, presumably to make people forget that there was still more than an hour and a half until the winner would be announced. He also said he brought back Mark for his ‘electrifying stage presence,’ adding: ‘I can’t think of anybody else in the whole entire earth who I would rather sing onstage with.’ She brought back Ivonne Acero, Morgan Frazier, Riley Biederer, Shelby Brown, and Nadjah Nicole for Summer Nights by Rascal Flatts, saying: ‘I’ve missed these girls so much and it’s going to be an absolute blast to perform with them.’ Barrett had been joined by country legend Wynonna, who Carson said was ‘one of Barrett’s all-time favorite singers,’ to perform her song, No One Else On Earth.

For a moment, the news seemed to affect Smith’s reliably ruddy color, but he swiftly regained his usual composure — accepting a hug from his coach and the trophy Daly handed him, albeit briefly. The laugh-out-loud clips of behind-the-scenes confessionals, go-kart races between the coaches, and the truth behind the country mafia conspiracy also made the finale incredibly entertaining.

As the confetti fell and his proud parents stood behind him, taking it all in, Smith launched into a cool, collected rendition of “Climb Every Mountain.” Even Pharrell Williams, appearing at his shoulder, couldn’t distract him. Now we know how big of a crybaby Gwen Stefani is and why Adam Levine was voted “The Best Coach Ever.” Did he really buy one of his artists a giraffe?

Although is an Emmy winner and TV’s top-rated singing competition, it has yet to produce a big recording star. “There have been some shortcomings on the other side of the fence,” he said, adding that Smith is well situated for stardom. “Jordan has had more success on iTunes than most artists ever have. … At every level, this guy deserves the most success imaginable. “We bring everybody to this beautiful point where there are cameras and everyone wants to know this guy and everyone wants to hear more music from this guy,” he continued. “So, the baton has been passed to the record label and hopefully they’ll do right by Jordan Smith. Celeste Betton, Darius Scott, Mark Hood, Nadjah Nicole, and Regina Love also got to sing as a supergroup, introduced by Carson as ’this season’s most soulful vocalists’ as they performed The O’Jays classic Love Train, with Regina handing Blake a red rose at the end. The judges were obsessed with him from the start: All four spun around in their chairs during Smith’s blind audition (he sang Sia’s “Chandelier”) and were stunned by his voice. In a Slate article that detailed how Smith — a student at an evangelical Christian college in Tennessee — appealed to religious viewers, writer Suzannah Showler noted he was dubbed “the unicorn.” “Genderless and expansive, this voice is as ambiguous as it is precise, quickly scaling and spelunking through octaves, never anything but perfectly on pitch,” she wrote.

Pharrell wore a white leather jacket, while Missy – with bright blue lipstick – was in black leathers covered in patches, matching the backing dancers. I think as long as he keeps doing that it doesn’t matter what kind of record the guy makes.” Levine relishes the opportunity to rub his team’s victory in the face of fellow coach, rival and friend Blake Shelton, who leads Voice coaches with four winning singers from his team. “It feels so good. The Weeknd, who also performed last week at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, sang a medley of The Hills,” “Earned It” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” Carson Daly brought Baber, Roberts, Austin and Smith out to the stage one last time and started by announcing the season’s fourth place artist: Team Gwen’s only top four artist, Austin. Oh, man, I’m going to enjoy this night,” he said. “It’s really quite beautiful, because Jordan gets to win The Voice and I get to tear Blake apart for the next six months.”

Blake, meanwhile, was in a skit poking fun at the on-going joke that he is the Country Godfather – with him backing down and giving his seat to the real leader of that world when Dolly Parton walked in, calling her: ‘Country Godmother!’ Carson called Gwen ’an unstoppable force, a fierce competitor and an unfaltering rock that cannot be moved’ – adding after a pause: ‘Unless you make her cry.’ Viewers then saw a montage of the No Doubt superstar constantly in tears, with Adam admitting: ‘Gwen may come across as these female powerhouse. But Gwen’s a crier.’ Pharrell – who Carson called ’Skateboard P’ – then challenged his rivals to a karting race, with Blake cracking them up by coming out in a racing car driver’s suit, including the name badge: ‘Short Shift Shelton.’ Viewers were treated to flirty moments during the season between Gwen and Blake who announced midseason that they were dating after earlier splitting from their spouses.

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