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IT'S A WIN-WIN: Not only did Jermaine walk away with a victory, but the former backup singer proved that everything sounds better with a massive gospel choir behind you.
Another performance: Juliet teaming up with Erin Willett, RaeLynn and former teammate Jamar for "With A Little Help From My Friends." RaeLynn would later say that Juliet had "adopted her like a little sister," which is just too strange a sibling relationship to even fathom at this point in our Voice journey.
Lady Antebellum sang some song, and then Tony was joined by Jordis Unga to power through Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way," which would have made for an exceptionally ironic swan song if this was one of the previous live elimination episodes. Finally, an hour and 40 minutes later, the performances concluded with Justin Bieber's blink-and-you'll-miss-it world premiere of "Boyfriend," and then we reached our raison d'être.
In the last 10 minutes (!) of the two hour show, host Carson Daly brought the performers to the center of the stage, where he announced that only a quarter of one percentage point separated fourth place Chris Mann from third place Tony Lucca. As it turns out, a 4 percent margin separated second place Juliet from eventual winner Jermaine. After the brief metaphorical coronation ceremony, Jermaine launched into "I Believe I Can Fly" as friends, family and past contestants joined him onstage. To Jermaine's credit, he made it through the song better than this chick.
All in all, the unnecessary filler from tonight's episode left a bad taste in my mouth, and by the time we reached the actual eliminations, my enthusiasm had all but disappeared. A bittersweet note with which to end this season of The Voice, no doubt, but I'm still thrilled for Jermaine, who thoroughly deserved his win, even if Juliet was thought to be the victor. Needless to say, she'll find herself staring down a lucrative career, too.
Until next season, Voice fans!