Anthony was crowned Season 20 Champion in Tuesday’s finals and presented another title to Blake Shelton. The last original coach of the NBC singing competition, with eight wins under his cowboy belt, contributes to his record as the best coach in the show’s history.
Anthony and Shelton, an “unlikely pairing” of a soulful artist and a country legend, hugged for a long time as confetti flooded the stage. This could be the duo’s first hug on the air as COVID-19 regulations are relaxed.
“This was the time of my life,” said Anthony before thanking his coach for “exploring my art … and having as much fun with it as possible”.
Shelton was the one who thanked Anthony for putting “The Voice” on the map during the 20th season of the singing contest in 10 years: “You’re on this show and giving us the chance to be part of your journey, changed the show forever and we needed that. “
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Shelton has coach Nick Jonas, who thanks in part for his win. (Though Shelton will never admit it.)
Anthony was turned three chairs on the first night of the Blind Auditions after impressing Shelton, Jonas and John Legend with his soulful sound in Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down”. Anthony said he wanted to “get John to turn around” because “his voice is pretty similar to mine,” but Jonas had other plans. He blocked Legend and prevented Anthony from joining the R&B legend’s team.
“Everyone betrays me. I expect that from Blake, but Nick cleverly blocked me and I’ll never forgive him, ”Legend said during the blinds. After making the top 9 semi-finals, Legend added, “Every time I hear Cam sing, it breaks my heart that Nick uses his pad (on me) like that.”
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When the votes were counted, Wheeler (Team Kelly Clarkson) took second place; Young (Team Shelton) finished third; Mac (Team Jonas) in fourth place; Victor Solomon (Team Legend) finished fifth.
The two-hour season finale felt like a concert, with more than a dozen guest appearances and duets after competing with the top 5 and their coaches.
Jonas and Mac teamed up for a rocking rendition of “Best Of You” by Foo Fighters. This is the first time the legendary band has “given someone permission to use their song on” The Voice, “which Jonas described as a true testament to Mac’s talent.
Solomon looked right at home next to Legend as he soulfully rendered Donny Hathaway’s “One Day We’ll All Be Free”. Solomon called the duet “a dream come true” and a “moment of the full circle”: he sang Legends “Ordinary People” on the eighth grade talent show I won, “auditioned with Legends” Fame “during the blind auditions the EGOT winner and ended his run with a duet with Legend.
“Victor and I started singing together on this show,” Legend said, referring to their impromptu duet “Ordinary People” during the blinds. “So it makes perfect sense that we end this season and sing together in the final.”
Wheeler and Clarkson finally got the chance to sing together on Keith Whitley’s “If You Don’t Say Anything”. Clarkson called their partnership “Ken-ly,” a mash-up of their first names, like their country-pop mash-up on the Whitley classic.
Shelton had a double duty with two finalists on Tuesday. He discussed Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy” with Anthony, although he is “quite different when it comes to singing”. The cowboy then went old school with Young in George Strait’s “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”.
“I don’t think you have exes in Texas, but only one of us does,” Shelton joked.
The NBC singing contest also brought back a few familiar faces who, as host Carson Daly put it, are “forever in the ‘The Voice’ family”: Former coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani and Kelsea Ballerini.
An original coach since debuting in 2011, Levine stepped down from the successful NBC singing contest after 16 seasons in 2019 and returned with Maroon 5 for “Beautiful Mistakes” starring Megan Thee Stallion. “It wouldn’t be a 10 year celebration of ‘The Voice’ without bringing back one of our original coaches,” said Daly.
Stefani, the reigning “Voice” champion, played “Slow Cap” with rapper Saweetie. Ballerini that filled in during battles for a sick Clarkson Earlier this season she teamed up with Wheeler for her new single. “Half of my hometown.”
“(Clarkson) could have called anyone … but the fact that you called me meant the world,” Ballerini said. Clarkson synchronized her “the best volunteer team Kelly coach ever”.
OneRepublic, who appeared at the first “Voice” final 10 years ago, brought the audience backstage with their song “Run”. Lauren Daigle sang “Hold On To Me” with the help of a choir, and Snoop Dogg brought the tropics to the studio with his 420-inspired single “Sittin On Blades” with DJ Battlecat (the 16-time Grammy-nominated rapper) served as the mega mentor during the knockouts.)
Justin Bieber drove onto the “Voice” stage in a classic sports car to play his laid-back mega-hit “Peaches” before putting on a vibrant light show on his single “Hold On”. Ben Platt, star of “Dear Evan Hansen”, showed his vocals on his new single “Imagine”. Thomas Rhett virtually joined for a performance of “Country Again”. (Rhett was an advisor to Team Clarkson in 2018.)