'The Voice' Finale Recap: Josh Kaufman Wins For Team Usher
After last night's final performances, Team Usher's Josh Kaufman was declared the winner of season 6 of The Voice, beating out Team Adam Levine's Christina Grimmie and Team Blake Shelton's Jake Worthington.
At the top of the show, Carson Daly announced that there was a glitch with the iTunes charts. Noticably missing from the Top 10 yesterday was Josh Kaufman’s cover of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” To ensure fairness, all of the iTunes downloads that were supposed to count as votes for the finalists were taken out of the final tally – meaning only online voting, calls, etc. counted as votes. According to Carson, taking the iTunes downloads out of the final tally did not affect the outcome. In other news, Adam publicly announced that he would sign Christina Grimmie to his record label after the show.
After a quick recap of Monday night’s final live performances, OneRepublic took the stage to perform “Love Runs Out.” Fans will remember that Josh sang this very song a few weeks ago on The Voice.
Old Contestants Perform
As is tradition, the finale saw the return of familiar faces from the competition. Jake Worthington brought back contestants Kat Perkins, Kristen Merlin, Audra McLaughlin, Morgan Wallen and Ryan Whyte Maloney to perform Kenny Chesney’s “Summertime.”
Josh Kaufman performed Nico and Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” with Sisaundra Lewis, Stevie Jo and TJ Wilkins.
Finally, Christina Grimmie teamed up with Bria Kelly, Jake Barker and Tess Boyer to perform “Team” by Lorde.
Giving the finalists a break, the eliminated contestants of the season also returned to perform in groups. Patrick Thomson, Delvin Choice, Morgan Wallen, Stevie Jo and Jake Barker sang Hall & Oates’ “She’s Gone.”
Female contestants from the season Dani Moz, Tess Boyer, Melissa Jimenez, Madilyn Paige and Deja Hall also got to return together. The women did their best cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” which was clearly not meant to be a girl group song.
Josh Kaufman Sings With Robin Thicke
Each finalist also got to duet with a superstar artist in the finale. Christina Grimmie performed "All of the Stars," a simple duet, with Ed Sheeran.
Jake Worthington performed alongside country band Alabama, singing “Mountain Music.”
And, Josh Kaufman performed “Get Her Back” with Robin Thicke.
Other performances came courtesy of Coldplay, who performed their new single “A Sky Full of Stars,” Ed Sheeran, who performed “Sing,” and Tim McGraw, who brought his country swagger to The Voice with “City Lights.”
Josh Kaufman Wins The Voice
Finally, it was time for the winner to be crowned. Carson gathered Jake, Josh and Christina to the stage. Carson started from the bottom, literally, announcing who landed in third place and working his way up to the top. Team Adam’s Christina Grimmie landed in third place, surprising Adam. The sweet contestant gave Josh and Jake big hugs before leaving the stage.
Josh and Jake were left standing, huddled together, in a sweet display of commroderie. Blake had his head down while he awaited the final verdict, but Usher looked confident in that moment that he was going to win it with Josh Kaufman. And, win it he did. Josh Kaufman was declared the winner of The Voice!
As the winner, Josh receives a recording contract with Sony, and he says that, after taking a quick break to be with his family, he will go into the studio to begin recording. While he’s still trying to figure out his original sound, one thing Josh Kaufman fans can expect is a lot of soul.
“At the root of everything I do is kind of a soulfulness, so that’s gonna be there at the heart of whatever [the album] is. I think you can take that and add a pop element, you can add rock into that. You can go a lot of different directions…but I wanna try and find a balance between something that’s classic and something that is modern at the same time,” Kaufman said at a press conference following his big win.
— Josh Kaufman (@iamjoshkaufman) May 21, 2014
— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) May 21, 2014
Side note: Do you think Usher will follow through with his promise now that Josh Kaufman has been declared victorious?
— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) May 20, 2014
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