The energy was absolutely electric for the finale of season 17 of The Voice. Host Carson Daly kicked things off in the parking lot of the soundstage with all four contestants — RICKY DURAN, JAKE HOOT, KATIE KADAN and ROSE SHORT. As much as the aspiring young stars were eager to get to the results, there was a full line-up of music on the itinerary. And even before that, the show was dedicated to taking another look back at the four finalists’ performances from the night before.
In addition to superstar performances from Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Luke Combs, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Dua Lipa, Black Eye Peas, season 16 winner Maelyn Jarmon and others, former contestants on the show also came back for The Voice collaborations.
When the live season finale finally arrived, the show kicked off with back-to-back performances beginning with the first group of The Voice veterans: Max Boyle, Alex Guthrie, Shane Q and Will Breman singing “Gimme Some Lovin’.” Lady Antebellum then took the stage with their current single, “What If I Never Get Over You.”
In between performances, sometimes hilarious and often introspective video packages were presented featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the coaches and their relationship with their teams.
Black Eyed Peas, J. Balvin and the Illuminate dancers continued the performances with “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” from the movie soundtrack, followed by Adam Lambert and Katie Kadan, who performed a revised version of Cher’s “Believe,” and Rose Short with Yolanda Adams who sang Yolanda’s “In the Midst of it All” from her album, Mountain High.
After a break, Kat Hammock, Marybeth Byrd, Gracee Shriver and Cali Wilson joined up to sing their cover of the Brooks and Dunn classic “Neon Moon.” Dua Lipa switched musical directions in the performances singing her current single, “Don’t Start Now,” from her upcoming album, Future Nostalgia, and Ricky Duran was joined by Gary Clark Junior for “Pearl Cadillac” from Gary’s 2019 album, This Land.
The Voice stage welcomed season 16 winner, Maelyn Jarmon for a tender rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” by Judy Garland from the holiday classic, Meet Me in St. Louis.
Jake Hoot’s superstar collaboration paired him with Grammy nominees Little Big Town for a round of their current single, “Over Drinkin’,” before former American Idol finalist, Jennifer Hudson, presented a stirring performance of “Memory,” which she also sings in the film adaption of the play Cats.
Hello Sunday, Myracle Holloway and Joana Martinez brought the tempo back up with their group selection, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by the Supremes.
Country superstar Luke Combs gave the final and one of the most poignant performances of the night. While singing his emotional seventh No.1 single, “Even Though I’m Leaving,” images of this season’s contestants and their families flashed on overhead screens.
With that, it was time to learn the fate of the four finalists. Standing hand-in-hand, the contestants were each given the opportunity to speak to their coaches, offering their thanks, before the names were called.
In fourth place: ROSE SHORT
In third place: KATIE KADAN
In second place: RICKY DURAN
And the winner: JAKE HOOT
According to Carson, this makes Kelly’s third win on The Voice.
Again, this was the first time in seven seasons that each coach had a contestant in the finale, so congratulations to all of the coaches, all of the finalists, and to the winner, Jake Hoot.