'The Voice' finale recap: Josh Kaufman crowned singing champ

Josh Kaufman. (Twitter/NBC)

Josh Kaufman. (Twitter/NBC)

Jason MacNeil, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

Hats off to Josh Kaufman, the Season 6 winner of The Voice.

“I can't even tell, I'm overwhelmed, surprised, happy, relieved,” Kaufman told host Carson Daly as confetti and pyrotechnics went off behind him. Kaufman and Jake Worthington were the last two standing after Christina Grimmie was announced as the third place finisher.

Following an hour-long recap of Monday night's performances by Worthington, Kaufman and Grimmie, the three contestants were brought out for “the night we've all been waiting for” according to Daly. Daly said due to a glitch with Kaufman's iTunes download votes all three contestants had their iTunes votes removed. The host noted the change had no impact on the final outcome.

The finale wouldn't be complete without special performances, with some seven acts lined up to plug albums, tours and singles. OneRepublic with their foot-stomper Love Runs Out which kicked things off on a high note. Shortly thereafter coach Adam Levine, obviously rooting for Grimmie, said even if she didn't win he would sign her to a recording contract on his own label. Meanwhile Blake Shelton mentioned how he and Levine would miss Shakira and Usher who were leaving the show.

Worthington brought back five of his friends/competitors (Kat Perkins, Kristen Merlin, Audra McLaughlin, Ryan Whyte Maloney and Morgan Wallen) for a run through of Kenny Chesney's Summertime. At the same time Shelton tweeted he was “nervous as a dog s—ttin' peach seeds!!!” Thank you for that imagery. Later Kelly Clarkson tweeted Shelton to ask him what that even meant. “It means...I'm drunk already,” Shelton quipped. Later Worthington's finest moment was joining up with Alabama on their country nugget Mountain Music.

Up next was Ed Sheeran doing a duet with Grimmie on the pretty All Of The Stars. Grimmie more than held her own with the accomplished British singer-songwriter. Quickly forgettable, however, was more non-finalists covering She's Gone by Hall and Oates. The same could be said for five female contestants plodding through Rihanna's Umbrella.

Country newcomer Justin Moore (and owner of one of the larger cowboy hats in the business) worked his way through Lettin' The Night Roll. And Kaufman brought out Sisaundra Lewis, T.J. Wilkin and Stevie Jo for Am I Wrong by Nico, while Vinz. Sheeran returned with his own tune Sing amid a horde of television sets.

After Robin Thicke brought Kaufman out for Thicke's new single Get Her Back, country icon Tim McGraw delivered a new tune of his entitled City Lights as he glad-handed the audience. Grimmie then brought out Bria Kelly, Tess Boyer and Jake Barker for another adventurous, eclectic selection: Lorde's Team.

Just before the announcement, Coldplay performed A Sky Full Of Stars which had singer (and special guest advisor) Chris Martin dancing with limbs flailing on the dance-fuelled ditty from Ghost Stories.

The winner of the competition receives a recording contract with Universal Music Group, $100,000 in addition to being named champion. However the three finalists each went home with a new car courtesy of Kia.


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