After some really riveting performances on Monday night's performance show finale of "The Voice," some may have found it a bit difficult to choose between the trio of finalists vying for the Season 6 title and the album contract. But just a few minutes into the finale results show Adam Levine announced he would sign Christina Grimmie (who was on his Team) to his own label, so the show already had the potential to produce two winners. And given Christina's bottom finish on the Top 5 results show (she won the Instant Save at show's end), it was more likely she wouldn't win, which made Adam's declaration even more awesome. So did she? Win, that is. Or did Josh Kaufman of Team Usher or Jake Worthington of Team Blake (Shelton) win?
As was recapped by ABC News on May 21, it turned out that Christina Grimmie would come in third in the voting, so it was not only a nice gesture but a good thing for the young singer that her coach was ready to sign her regardless of the results. Still, the real contest had been between the two guys: smooth-voiced Josh Kaufman and country crooner Jake Worthington.
But if one watched the performance finale, one performance stood apart from the rest: Josh Kaufman's excellent rendition of Adele's "Set Fire To The Rain." His voice soared, capturing the power of Adele's version but lifting it up on a higher note. The production, where everything, including Kaufman, was in white only seemed to add a luster to the vocal performance.
Christina Grimmie's cover of "Elvis" would be a nice close to her time on "The Voice" but it didn't even compare with Jena Irene's hauntingly rearranged rendition during the Top 4 performance show of "American Idol" a couple of weeks ago.
Jake Worthington's "Right Here Waiting" paled in comparison to the plaintive strain in the Richard Marx original. Even though you knew the final showdown would most likely be between Jake and Josh, when it came to the final solo performances, Jake actually lagged behind both Christina and Josh.
But there was no doubt Josh deserved the win. But would he? Given that "The Voice" has a strong country following and that the two of the last three winners of "The Voice" were country singers, not to mention the fact that Jake's old-fashioned good ole boy honesty whenever he spoke didn't hurt him at all, it looked as if Blake Shelton just might take home his fourth coach's trophy.
But then host Carson Daly announced Josh Kaufman as the Season 6 winner of "The Voice"...
When asked his thoughts, the Florida native told Daly, "Josh said, "I can't even talk. I'm overwhelmed, I'm surprised, I'm happy."
"The Voice" will return in the Fall for Season 7.