Although Cartelli and the rest of the finalists found out the results toward the end of the finale, they spent most of the evening collaborating with some of their favorite artists in the business for electric live performances as well as reminiscing on the journey that brought them this far.
Spensha Baker took over for Lauren Alaina to sing “What Ifs” with Kane Brown. The two definitely vibed with one another on the rocking country hit, with Brown letting Baker take the lead with confidence shining in her vocal. Unfortunately though, the results determined that Baker came in at the fourth-place position.
A dream came true when Kyla Jade joined forces with Jennifer Hudson to take down “I Know Where I’ve Been” for a powerful moment throughout the entire season. The performance almost seemed foreshadowing of Jade’s successful future, despite earning third place in the competition.
It was left to Cartelli and Britton Buchanan from Team Alicia, and they both got their time to shine in their own duets with some big stars. Buchanan crossed off playing with Ryan Adams off his career bucket list, while Cartelli came together with Julia Michaels on a medley of her singles, “Jump” and “Issues.”
The stage set became quite tense when Cartelli and Buchanan took center stage to learn who would go home victorious in the end. As their coaches gave them words of encouragement leading up to the final moment, the two held hands in support of each other throughout the anxious wait. Upon hearing her name called, Cartelli dropped to the floor as Clarkson came to congratulate her on being the youngest winner in the show’s history.