The Voice season finale recap: Let The Right One Win

The right contestant is crowned the winner in the last five minutes of a two-hour performance-packed finale.
Ep. 26 | Aired May 21, 2014

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Thing #12: The Districts Salute Their Tributes
I don’t think loyalty between teams is a thing on the show, but Carson wants it to be when he tries to get the members of each respective team to cheer on their surviving cohorts. Bria and Tess keep it diplomatic and express their love for everyone, thereby proving that a possible great addition to future seasons would be an enhancement of team spirit. I’m sure there’s an old Wild & Crazy Kids producer out there who can consult.

Thing #13: Mountain Men
In true country fashion, Jake pairs up with the friendly grandfathers of Alabama for “Mountain Music,” and one of the guys has an amazing green violin that makes it all worth it.

Thing #14: Ri-Ri Gets Represented
If you forgot the names of half of these girls who come out to sing “Umbrella,” you’re not alone. It’s been a hot second since we’ve seen some of them, and while it was nice to see Tess, Dani and Deja, it took a second for me to register that I was looking at Madeline (taking on an entirely different approach to the song from the rest of the girls). Meanwhile, poor MJ didn’t even blip the radar. I hardly recognized her without her baseball cap and visual sass.

Thing #15: The Last Confessional
As we approach the end of the episode, the top three get one last chance to record their final thoughts, which are nice and emotional and INTERRUPTED when everyone gets a car! Carson does his best Oprah when he gives them each a Kia, which prompts Josh to call his wife and Jake to give it to his grandma. But you know Christina’s driving that thing to the nearest Taco Bell the second she can.

Thing #16: Adam’s Favorite Things
Another bizarre montage involves the many times Adam has said something is his “favorite.” I suppose it’s a very timely message, considering we’re living in a world of “literally” and “can’t even” and “the worst.” I should also mention that at some point there was a throwaway montage of Shakira being Latin, but I forgot where it was in the show so let’s just call it Thing #16.1 and move on.

Thing #17: Josh and the Boy Wonder
Ah, Robin Thicke. Welcome back to the fold. It’s been some time since we saw the former advisor, and hey, he’s shaved his head! (Or maybe he just lent his hair to Ryan Tedder). It seems weird to pair Josh with Robin considering they would be immediately direct competitors in the real music scene, but they duet on “Get Her Back.” I’d say it’s Josh’s worst performance, although I hardly think Josh is to blame for it if you catch my drift. I’m still trying to get over Duets, Robin.

Thing #18: Tim McGraw Shows Up
That makes three country artists tonight with the arrival of country icon and Four Christmases star Tim McGraw, performing his new song “City Lights.” It’s perfectly fine, if you like that sort of thing, which I’m assuming many, many, many, many do.

Thing #19: Christina Brings Back Bria
Before you assume anything, let me be frank: I actually think this was the best performance of the night. Lorde’s “Team” is a pretty chill little tune, and the foursome of Christina, Bria Kelly, Tess Boyer and Jake Barker managed to turn it into a really enjoyable quartet. Jake makes the most of his time in the spotlight by dancing, and Bria, surprisingly, did not get on my nerves, mostly.

Thing #20: Blake and Jake
I’ve sung my praises of this legendary relationship already, but I’m elated to end the season with one last look at the most lovable duo of the year. I’d love to be a member of their texting chain, which I’m assuming has tons of old-fashioned smiley faces and uses of words endin’ in apostrophes.

Thing #21: Coldplay Sings
Coldplay really wants this new song to happen. It’s not going to happen.

Thing #22: THE RESULTS
Finally, we get to the meat of the evening: the reading of the results. Sure, it only took us 115 minutes to get here, but surely none of us have anything better to do on a Tuesday night. Carson takes the stage with the top three and informs us first of the third place player: Christina Grimmie. She’s thrilled to have been signed (or, to have been promised to be signed) to Adam’s label so she visibly doesn’t even seem phased by not winning. We then find out that Josh is crowned the winner, and with just a few quick shots of his family and a briefer-than-brief reaction from Josh himself, we’re out. Done.

I certainly am tired of the reality show trope of not spending any time with the winner or the runners-up (poor Jake didn’t even get face time) once the final results are announced. Are we purposely deprived so we’ll tune in to Today? Yes, maybe. But I’d like to have lingered a little longer and gotten a proper goodbye to the season.

Will Josh go on to mainstream success? That's a question to ask, for sure. None of the past Voice winners have really done much of anything since they won, but it's always nice to be optimistic and hope that perhaps Josh will be the one to achieve success. And hey, I still think Christina Grimmie stands a chance to be the most successful of any of them.

It’s been fun, Voice Season Six. You were largely forgettable and very repetitive, and you didn’t exactly form any magical memories for me, but you allowed me to analyze you with copious pop culture references, and for that I’m thankful. And for you, commenters, who have kept with me this whole season, thank you! I know half of you hate me and think I am a tone-deaf loser just because we disagree, but I love you anyway. Thanks for coming along on this ridiculous recap ride with me. Drop me a line whenever you want! I’m here for you, sweet babies. I’m always here for you.

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