The Voice 2016 Winner Results: Who Won Season 10? (VIDEO)
Welcome to the live blog and recap for The Voice 2016, “Live Finale, Part 2”! Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams and host Carson Daly are on-hand for the final episode of Season 10, as a winner is finally crowned!
Last night, the final four competed for the right to be declared The Voice, resulting in a pretty great show overall! Of course, only one person can be declared the winner, and it looks like the race is still wide open.
If the iTunes charts are any indication, this should be a fairly close finale. Adam Wakefield leads the charts at #1 with his original single, “Lonesome, Broken and Blue”, followed by Hannah Huston at #3 with her radical reinvention of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”. However, Alisan Porter has TWO songs in the Top 5 (her cover of “Somewhere” from West Side Story at #4; and her original single, “Down That Road”, at #5), which no other artist can claim. And, as we learned when Matt McAndrew and Christina Grimmie topped the iTunes charts after their respective finale nights, being #1 on iTunes doesn’t guarantee you’re going to win. So who knows what’s in store for this finale?
But what do Rickey.org readers think?
Currently, we’re looking at the closest poll in the HISTORY of Rickey.org! As of press time, 41.61% of readers are predicting Alisan Porter to win vs. 40.52% for Adam Wakefield — a difference of just FIVE votes! But nothing is set in stone just yet! There’s still time to vote, so head on over and add your prediction! But if you’ve already voted and want to pass the time, check out the spoilers for tonight’s superstar duet pairings and song choices!
Keep it locked right here, as I’ll be updating with commentary, results, and videos as soon as they become available!
Let’s get this show on the road!
-After the usual introductions and talk of iTunes sales, we instantly get into the music with our first celebrity duet of the night!
HANNAH HUSTON & CEE LO GREEN SING “CRAZY”
-You know, I’ve ragged on Cee Lo a lot over the years, mostly because I feel he’s basically the worst coach this show has ever had. But then I remembered he had Caroline Pennell, so I can never truly hate him. Thus, Shakira now takes the spot as the worst coach, in my estimation. Actually, you know what? Screw it. Even with Caroline, Cee Lo is still solidly the worst. That said, the dude CAN sing, and his performance of “Crazy” with Hannah Huston is fantastic. I love how they played off of each other, and how it took on a bit of a Spanish flair. I don’t necessarily want to see Cee Lo back as a coach, but as a musical guest? Totally.
ALISAN PORTER ASSEMBLES HER TEAM: KATA HAY, PAXTON INGRAM, AND RYAN QUINN
-Alisan assembles a team for her group performance, and what I love about this is that she can pick from people across teams. She talks about how she doesn’t actually have words to describe how much she loves Paxton, and she reserves similarly glowing praise for Ryan Quinn and Kata Hay, two singers who I felt were eliminated WAY too soon. But then, that’s kind of been the theme of the season, what with Emily Keener and Owen Danoff. Anyway, they sing “Straight On” by Heart, and it’s a solid performance for the group. Nothing spectacular, just a really smooth, classic rock performance, that shows a different side of each artist, since only Kata really seemed to be a classic rocker (unless we’re counting “Cryin'” by Aerosmith as classic rock. And, please, no. I don’t want to feel any older than I do, even if Alisan did do a hell of a job with it).
-Back from break as we get a little skit with Christina talking about her silliness on Snapchat, particularly her face-swapping with the coaches and her obsessive overuse of filters. A cute segment, but total filler.
LAITH AL-SAADI & JOE WALSH SING “ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY”
-Laith has teamed with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh for “Rocky Mountain Way”, and it’s exactly as cool as you’d think it’d be. These two guys basically just shred on the guitar, and it’s a masterclass in musicianship. And Laith’s raw vocals are a perfect fit with Mr. Walsh’s musical sensibilities. I could totally see these two forming a band of some kind.
-We get a look at his relationship with Blake Shelton, with Blake noting that not a lot of people know just how funny Adam truly is. Adam jokes about how the internet called him “beautiful” last night, with Blake stating that he actually wrote the compliment. For his part, Adam states he’s appreciative and humbled by Blake’s support, saying he wouldn’t have made it this far without him. I actually think Adam is the kind of artist who’d have found success on any time, provided he was allowed to be himself. But I’m not sure if he’d be a potential winner on any other team but Blake’s. I guess we’ll see.
SIA PERFORMS “CHEAP THRILLS”
-As is usual with Sia, she had the dancers in question dressed in nude leotards for the performance. No, seriously. The dudes look completely naked, although Maddie Ziegler (that’s Maddie Ziegler, right?) doesn’t seem the least bit phased, because she’s basically the definition of professionalism. I kinda love this song, and although the dancing is kind of distracting, I think it’s distracting in the best possible way, in that they’re adding to the performance with their movements, in my opinion. I love Maddie Ziegler continuing in her role as mini-Sia.
-After break, we get a Voice confessional, the first and last for the season. Neither Laith nor Hannah believed they’d make it that far, while Alisan and Adam talk about the decision they made to audition, despite never having been in the forefront in their music in the past. Blake thinks it’d be special to see this happen for him. Christina truly believes that Alisan is the definition of The Voice. Adam states he’s proud of Laith and how far he’s come, while Pharrell declares he loves Hannah, and hopes to see her win. Hannah struggles with tears when talking about how she hopes she’s inspired her school kids back home. And that’s a wrap!
ADAM WAKEFIELD & ALISON KRAUSS SING “WILLIN'”
-Adam and Alison team for a duet that sounds like pure country. I love it, honestly. There were some wonky audio issues with Alison’s microphone, but I thought she sounded good regardless, and Adam was right there with her. I enjoyed this.
-We then get a video package sarcastically congratulating Adam on his success, claiming he “failed upward” in the music industry, and spent more time getting tattoos than making good music. However, the story shifts to Adam supporting the underdog on the show, and his bromance with Blake — and his rivalry.
HANNAH HUSTON ASSEMBLES HER TEAM: BRYAN BAUTISTA, CAITY PETERS AND BRIAN NHIRA
-Hannah loves Bryan’s performance of “Hurt”, while also claiming that Caity Peters had the best blind audition she’s ever seen with “Jealous”. She’s similarly impressed with Brian Nhira, which is why she assembled this group to tackle Adele’s “When We Were Young”/ It’s a damn fine performance, and I’m impressed with their harmonies. In particular, though, I’m loving Caity Peters. How did she not go farther? Color me impressed.
-Back from break with a silly coach retrospective focusing on Blake. I kind of love this, if only because Blake is willing to make fun of himself more than any other coach. His denial about a gambling problem, and his failed performance of a country song in The Voice studio were particular highlights.
ZAYN SINGS “LIKE I WOULD”
-I like that Zayn is maturing as an artist, but I actually prefer “Pillowtalk” to “Like I Would”, by orders of magnitude. “Pillowtalk” at least sounded like something we weren’t already getting on the radio, whereas “Like I Would” sounds like something from the late 90s, but with a more modern, EDM instrumentation behind it. Still, Zayn sounds pretty great here, particularly on his big high note. I’m definitely impressed, and I’m hoping he manages to be a big deal in the music industry as a solo artist, because I dig his music. I’m also glad that Yahoo’s rumors of him cancelling his appearance tonight weren’t true. Otherwise, it would have made Carson Daly a liar. And, Lord knows, Carson is a beacon of truth.
BLAKE SHELTON SINGS “SHE’S GOT A WAY WITH WORDS”
-I actually bought this song the other day, hooked by the lyric, “She puts the S.O.B. in sober.” What can I say? I love a good play on words. That said, I love the instrumentation here and how the song is structured. It’s not necessarily a showcase for Blake’s voice — which I’ve gone on record as stating is overrated — but it’s a great showcase for his songwriting skills. I genuinely loved this, which I can’t always say about coach performances.
LAITH AL-SAADI ASSEMBLES HIS TEAM: KATIE BASDEN, OWEN DANOFF AND SHALYAH FEARING
-Laith connects with Kaite on a Southern Rock level, while expressing his admiration for Shalyah, who he feels could have won this entire competition. He also loves Owen’s talent and what he brings to the table. Together, they’re singing “Georgia On My Mind” by Ray Charles. Unfortunately, once the performance goes live, Owen isn’t there. Apparently, he was feeling under the weather and wasn’t able to perform live. Still, the girls do a great job with Laith, even though there are a few instances of the girls singing over each other. Still, I liked this.
-Back from break with Pharrell reading storybooks to children based off the hit singles of his fellow coaches. I have no idea why he thought reading “Animals” by Maroon 5 to the kids, or “Genie In a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera, would end well. Still, it was a cute segment that thrives on Pharrell’s natural charm. After this segment, we get Laith Al-Saadi talking about what coach Adam Levine meant to him. What an endearing little segment.
ALISAN PORTER & JENNIFER NETTLES SING “UNLOVE YOU”
-Alisan sings Jennifer’s single, “Unlove You”, alongside Jennifer herself! And you know what? This would make a terrific record for Alisan to record. Even if it ends up being recorded as a duet, I think this is a song that has a ton of potential on country radio, particularly if you approach it from the notion of two women being in love with the same man — a man who refuses to commit fully to either of them. Maybe I’m putting too much of my own interpretation into it, but I thought this was absolutely beautiful.
-Back from break with Carson driving the finalists to the studio in a rip-off of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke. Of course, the point is cross-promotion with Nissan, as it’s obvious the finalists are getting cars. Sure enough, each finalist gets a brand new Nissan! And so does one lucky viewer! Seriously though, how do you not know you’re getting a car when Carson Daly arbitrarily offers to drive you somewhere? CAR is in his name!
ADAM WAKEFIELD ASSEMBLES HIS TEAM: NICK HAGELIN, JUSTIN WHISNANT AND MARY SARAH
-Adam is close with Justin, and has a lot of respect for his talent. Adam loves Nick even though he isn’t country; and he genuinely thinks Mary is a real country talent. Together, they’ll be singing “Gimme Some Lovin'”, and it just might be one of Adam’s best uptempo performances of the entire competition. I just love how his voice sounds on this. Kind of disappointed in Justin, but part of that is my high expectations, since he was one of the guys I pegged as a potential winner early on. He’s definitely good, but I think Adam is THE ONE.
ARIANE GRANDE & CHRISTINA AGUILERA SING “INTO YOU” / “DANGEROUS WOMAN”
-This is an awesome alliance of true divas, past and present. I don’t necessarily love “Into You”, but I’m IN LOVE with “Dangerous Woman”, and Christina sounds AMAZING on it. I just loved her entrance, flanked by dancers (one of whom I initially mistook for Jennifer Lopez). These two sounds fantastic together, and I’m hoping it’s not the last we hear of them on the same stage.
-We then get a video package in which Alisan and Christina talk about what they mean to each other. Having this package play this close to the results makes me wonder if the producers are trying to tell us something. Either way, this is a touching video about two women who’ve formed a bond over their motherhood and mutual talent, as well as their respect for one another.
-The finalists are out onstage as Carson reveals who came in fourth place and third place…
LAITH AL-SADDI finishes in Fourth Place!
HANNAH HUSTON finishes in Third Place!
Both artists receive standing ovations from all four coaches.
-The winner is…ALISAN PORTER!
ADAM WAKEFIELD finishes in Second Place!
ALISAN PORTER WINS THE VOICE 2016!
CHRISTINA AGUILERA BECOMES FIRST FEMALE COACH TO WIN THE VOICE U.S.!
Alisan sings “Down That Road as we go off the air. Christina is positively beside herself with joy, and I don’t blame her. In addition to leading the first female coach to victory, Alisan is the first female winner since Tessanne Chin won in Season 5. For my money, this is a great end to the season. And hey, Rickey.org readers got it right again!
Until next season, thank you so much for joining me on this journey! I hope you’ll join me for America’s Got Talent live blogs this season, starting next Tuesday night! Either way, thanks for reading and hanging out!