'The Voice' Finale Recap: Tessanne Chin Wins, Celine Dion And Lady Gaga Among Guest Performers
The Voice’s season finale aired last night with Will Champlin and Tessanne Chin from Team Adam Levine and Jacquie Lee from Team Christina Aguilera competing for the winning title. Lady Gaga, Aloe Blacc, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, Paramore and OneRepublic joined the contestants to perform in a star-studded finale.
The Voice Recap: Group Performances
Chin, Lee and Champlin opened the star-studded night with the rest of the Top 20 performing Outasight’s “Tonight Is The Night.” It was great seeing the rest of the contestants back, and the performance was a lot of fun.
For her Bring-Back Performance Lee brought Matthew Schuler, Caroline Pennell, James Wolpert and Cole Vosbury back to sing an entertaining — but shortened — rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The performance had the coaches rocking out in their seats.
Josh Logan, Schuler, Nic Hawk, Preston Pohl and Ray Boudreaux, some of the eliminated male contestants, came together and performed “Treasure” by Bruno Mars.
Champlin brought Austin Jenckes, Jonny Gray, Vosbury and Pennell to the stage to perform Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” with him for his Bring-Back Performance. The number was fun and folksy and had the audience clapping along.
Tamara Chauniece, Stephanie Anne Johnson, Shelbie Z., Kat Robichaud, Grey and Amber Nicole returned to the Voice stage to perform “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson.
Chin brought back Olivia Henken, Pohl, Wolpert and Grey to perform “Hold On, I’m Comin’” by Sam & Dave for her Bring-Back Performance. The rendition was great fun as the singers bounced around on stage, beaming.
Celine Dion, Ne-Yo Performance
Before Chin performed with Dion, backstage footage showed her breaking down in happy tears when she found out her celebrity singing partner would be her hero. Luckily Chin’s nerves didn’t get the best of her and she easily stood her ground while performing “Love Can Move Mountains” with the legendary singer. Dion couldn’t hide her pride in the contestant, pointing to her constantly during the song. The entire building was on their feet.
Dion performed for a second time, singing her and Ne-Yo’s collaboration “Incredible.” The unlikely pair delivered a heartfelt performance.
One Republic Performance
OneRepublic took to the stage to perform their new single, the anthem “I Lived.” The performance was electric and fun as lead vocalist Ryan Tedder joined the crowds for part of the song and sang passionately throughout.
Carson Daly announced that in addition to performing, Tedder wrote an original song for the show that will be the winner’s debut single, entitled “Tumbling Down.”
Lee took the stage to perform “Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore’s newest single, with lead singer Hayley Williams. They gave a boisterous and strong performance.
Aloe Blacc Performance
Blacc, the uncredited vocalist on Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” performed the hit with finalist Champlin. The two delivered a soulful performance with a folksy edge.
Lady Gaga Performance
Lady Gaga delivered the last guest performance of the night, singing “Do What U Want” in an expectedly extravagant performance with retro stage settings. Aguilera joined her to pull together a vocally powerful performance. Given their chemistry on stage, it was surprising to hear that the two had met just days ago.
The Voice Winner
Daly gathered the three finalists on stage to name the winner. After the contestants gave their final words to their coaches Champlin was announced as the third place winner, leaving Lee and Chin on stage. Daly then announced that Chin had been voted this season’s winner of The Voice. This is Levine's second winner on the show – his first was season one's Javier Colon.
Moments after her emotional breakdown Chin performed the Tedder-written single without missing a beat – though nobody would blame her if she did.
The sixth season of The Voice premieres Feb. 24, with Shakira and Usher returning to the judge’s chairs to replace Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.