Season 15 of The Voice came to a close on Tuesday night and crowned teen singer Chevel Shepherd as this year’s winner. The country singer was up against Team Jennifer Hudson’s Kennedy Holmes, who came in fourth, with Team Blake Shelton going into the finale with two country singers, including Kirk Jay, who came in third, and runner up Chris Kroeze. Whether you were betting on a country singer or a teen singer to win, you were right.
The night was packed with recaps and big-name performances, with all four finalists getting the chance to share the stage with some major star power.
Kennedy was the first contestant to keep her cool around a superstar, with the 14-year-old singer performing “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland. So, she pretty much got to be Beyoncé for three minutes. It was almost disappointing to see Kennedy perform the pop track, because it was so well suited to her voice and should have been the song she performed instead of Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too” or Demi Lovato’s “Confident.” But at least she went out slaying.
Kirk Jay looked like someone who was getting to perform with his idols, which is exactly what was happening. After performing two Rascal Flatts’ songs this season, Kirk smiled his way through a performance with the country trio. Chevel is super talented, but it would have been amazing to see Kirk win. This performance felt like a win, so we’re consoling ourselves with that.
Chris Kroeze performed with the Doobie Brothers and actually looked like he was having fun. Maybe Chris’ biggest issue on The Voice was that he’s used to performing with a band that’s physically much closer to him and having a huge stage to fill on his own was too overwhelming. He’s still Chris Snoozy, but he does have a great voice.
As for the new Voice winner, country Tinkerbell Chevel got to perform with Dan + Shay. The teen singer sounded great on the duet, but somehow managed to look even younger during Tuesday’s finale. She may be Benjamin Buttoning us or all these group performances are reinforcing just how young she is, making her composure and performances all the more impressive.
Tuesday’s finale also included the return of some of this season’s favourites, including cruelly ousted DeAndre Nico and MaKenzie ‘How the Heck Did She Not Win’ Thomas. We can hold a grudge like Kimberli Joye can hold a note.
The teen trio of Sarah Grace, Abby Cates and (much to Adam Levine’s pleasure) Reagan Strange hit the stage together to perform a beautiful rendition of Lady Gaga’s “A Million Reasons.” If there’s one thing we learn every season during the performances by former contestants during the finale, it’s that there’s rarely a clear winner. These people can sang.
The Voice returns with Season 16, featuring Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on Monday, February 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO.