The 2-hour NBC Voice finale last night came down to three contestants in this season and they were Team Adam’s Christina Grimmie, Team Usher’s Josh Kaufman, and Team Blake’s Jake Worthington.
At the start of the show, Host Carson Daly revealed that the iTunes results were taken out of the final equation for calculating the winner after Josh Kaufman’s rendition of “Set Fire to the Rain” was mistakenly listed as an album instead of a song, which made it harder for fans to find and purchase.
The glitch generated a huge outcry on social media Tuesday, but Carson assured everyone that even with not including the iTunes numbers, it did not affect the final result.
As with any other voting show, it wasn’t until the tail end of the Voice Finale that they revealed the winners.
Coming in third place was Christina Grimmie, the 20-year-old YouTube star from Marlton, New Jersey from Adam Levine’s team.
Coming in second place was Jake Worthington, the 17-year-old country singer from La Porte, Texas on Blake Shelton’s team.
And The Voice winner for Season 6 would be 38-year-old Indianapolis, Indiana native Josh Kaufman. Josh Kaufman is the Season 6 winner of The Voice!
It was Usher’s first coaching win, breaking the wins of coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“I can’t even talk,” Jake told Carson as the credits rolled. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m surprised. I’m happy. I’m relieved.”
Moments after the show, Kaufman described his feelings leading up to the The Voice winner announcement.
“It had been such a stressful night and morning, a lot of nerves and heart racing and waiting … It felt like forever,” he told reporters at a news conference. “It was mostly just anticipation and wondering what was going to happen next.”
He described his early thoughts on the type of album he would make. “At the root of everything I do is a kind of soulfulness,” Kaufman said. “You can add a pop element, you can add rock into that. … I want to find a balance between something that’s classic and something that’s modern.”
Usher said the win provides an incentive to return as a coach.
“This is definitely a great way to close Season 6. It obviously gives a great reason and logic to come back and defend the title, but more than that, to change the idea of what type of winner and what it takes to win, the type of songs you choose,” he said. “Josh put up an incredible performance and fight. … He’s a shining example of what you can do if you have determination, passion and commitment.”
Later, in a separate news conference, coach Blake Shelton complimented Usher.
“I think viewers of the show were ready for somebody else to win. You’ve got to change it up at some point,” he said. “To be honest with you, when I heard Usher was coming to the show for Season 4, I thought at that point, ‘It was fun for a minute.’ Just knowing his history with developing artists, the fact he worked with (Justin) Bieber, obvious things like that, I just thought, ‘We’re never going to win again.’ And then the fact we did was a shock to me. If there was ever anyone I thought could beat us, that would be Usher.”
Shelton paused, changing his tone. “That ain’t never gonna happen again.”
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