‘The Voice’ recap: Highlights from the Season 9 finale

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Voice’ finale results: And the Season 9 winner is ….

As expected, Jordan Smith — the 22-year-old church choir leader from Kentucky and clear favourite from the very beginning — took home the crown on the Season 9 finale Tuesday night. 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.The Voice season 9 crowned its winner Tuesday night, and fans of champion Jordan Smith can get a compilation of his performances from the past season on Jordan Smith: The Complete Season 9 Collection.It wasn’t exactly Hail to The Voice, but it was authentic Adam Levine introducing Season 9 victor and Team Adam member Jordan Smith after Tuesday’s finale of The Voice.

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. The crowning of Smith at the end of Tuesday’s two-hour star-studded finale was hardly a surprise, as the 22-year-old Kentucky native was considered the clear favorite among finalists that included runner-up Emily Ann Roberts, Barrett Baber and Jeffery Austin. 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.

The 11-track set includes Smith’s blind audition version of Sia’s “Chandelier,” the Kentucky native’s show-stopping cover of Beyoncé’s “Halo,” and all three songs he performed during the finals on Monday, included his duet with coach Adam Levine. 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.

This will be especially interesting given his coach’s recent, candid remarks about how very few Voice winners have seen any actual career success — he blamed the record labels. 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. What else happened during the two-hour, performance-packed show? 1) The Top 24 performed Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” dressed in crisp whites — and showing off what a deep bench of talent there was this year. Last week, Smith briefly overtook Adele on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart with his rendition of Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” also available on the compilation album.

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. After Daly announced Smith’s title Tuesday night, the 22-year-old reprised Monday’s performance of “Climb every Mountain” from The Sound of Music. Baber was the first finalist to get the spotlight performing a duet of Randy Travis’s Forever and Ever, Amen with fellow Season 9 singer Zach Seabaugh. 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. It’s a shame more of them weren’t able to stick around longer. 2) Barrett Baber, who eventually came in third overall, brought back his fellow Team Blake member Zach Seabaugh, who he said was like a “little brother” to him, to sing Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” — and they shared a sweet bro-hug afterward.

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. Aw, big country-dude hearts. 3) Coldplay’s psychedelic performance of “Adventure of a Lifetime” brought the evening’s strangest moment: dancers dressed as gorillas in the coaches chairs, who then got up and boogied down onstage.

But when the season ends, there’s only so much they can do. “We do so much great (stuff) for these singers and then they go to a record label that I won’t mention. But I’m so proud to be sitting here.” Levine gave Smith, who got a rare four-chair turnaround from the coaches during blind auditions, all the credit for giving Team Adam its third victory in nine seasons. It echoed the scene between Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), in the classic film. • Another bit focused on Stefani’s penchant for crying during moving performances. “She does cry a lot,” Levine said. 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, claiming Smith is a better singer than he is. “It’s fun to be this guy’s coach.

Stefani didn’t deny it: “I do.” Levine received a tongue-in-cheek Best Coach Ever tribute as Simply the Best played in the background. • More star performances: Missy Elliott, joined by Pharrell, gave her song, WTF (Where They From), a splashy TV debut. 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. Every single time he got on stage and sang, I never had to fake it and pretend to be proud.” “I’m at the foot of a huge mountain right now and the hard work is really about to start,” he said, referring to the potential of a singing career ahead. 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,” Levine continued. “So, the baton has been passed to the record label and hopefully they’ll do right by Jordan Smith. 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.

But she seemed to be having a hard time keeping her hat on during her duet with Austin, on Amy Winehouse’s “Tears Dry on Their Own,” making me think it really might be time for her to lose her trademark hat altogether. 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. “It feels so good.

Because it’s sure not her singing. 8) The production values on Missy Elliot’s collaboration with Pharrell Williams — “WTF (Where They From)” were tip top: the puppets, the subway set, the dancer spinning on his head. 9) How lovely was it to see Usher back on “The Voice”? 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.” Do you suppose Usher made him do pushups during rehearsals to build stamina like he used to do with his own “Voice” team members when he was a coach? 10) Great line from Stefani during a taped segment in which the coaches competed on the go-cart (bumper car?) track: “I’ve been to a bunch of birthday parties here, so I know how this thing works.” #momadvantage 12) Hey, Adam Levine did do better than that cuddly plush toy when he promised to get Shelby Brown a giraffe: We learned Tuesday night that he actually had a real giraffe led onto the back lot to surprise her.

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