While I watched all of the performance episodes of NBC's The Voice this season, I can't say that I had a favorite picked out up until this week. Then came Monday night when I found myself especially impressed with all four of the finalists and interested to see how America would vote and how the second season of this singing competition would end. I'll admit, I was hoping for Chris Mann to take the prize, as I was especially impressed with his operatic performances. But Jermaine Paul has been consistently great all season, so his victory is greatly deserved.
Here's the big moment, as the remaining four contestants, Tony Lucca, Chris Mann, Jermaine Paul, and Juliet Simms, along with their mentors Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green as they learn the results of the competition.
But before the crowning moment during the episode, there were various musical performances, some featuring former contestants and others on musical guests like Justin Bieber, Flo Rida and Lady Antebellum. Check out some of the highlights below.
Justin Bieber dazzled the crowd with a performance of "Boyfriend."
Hall and Oates performed one of their classic hits, "Rich Girl."
And here's Jermaine Paul performing "I want you back…
Over all, I enjoyed The Voice, but I'll admit that the two-hour episodes felt a bit long, and it seems like the blind audition rounds are the true highlight of the series. I wonder if there's some way they'd be able to perk up the mid-season episodes to keep the momentum going beyond the chair-swiveling portion of the competition. In the end though, it comes down to talent and as evidenced this week, The Voice has plenty of that. What I hope doesn't change, if/when the series return, are the mentors. Christina, CeeLo, Blake and Adam might not always get along, but there's a great dynamic and their competitive spirit works.
We'll close this out with a shot of Jermaine Paul's happy moment…