Warning! The following contains spoilers for The Voice Season 16 finale. Read at your own risk!
It's been a season of highs, lows, laughs, disgruntled fans, and standout performances. In short, The Voice hadn't lost a step in Season 16 and after a star-studded finale, NBC's reality singing competition finally revealed its winner. Of the four incredibly talented finalists, it was none other than Maelyn Jarmon that stood triumphant amongst all the rest as the newly crowned champion of The Voice!
Maelyn Jarmon's win isn't a huge surprise, as she's been a fan favorite amongst The Voice fans for a while. Jarmon finished strong last night with a chilling performance of "Hallelujah," which might have officially sealed her as the Season 16 winner. Her win marks the first for John Legend, who joins the list of coaches to win on their inaugural season. His win broke the streak of Kelly Clarkson, whose contestants have won the past two seasons.
The winner's announcement was only part of The Voice finale, which featured many performances from celebrity acts. The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, BTS, Halsey, Hootie and the Blowfish, and many others were around to perform, and some even did a duet with the finalists who didn't perform nearly as much as they did the night prior. Other former competitors appeared to perform in ensemble sets, and gave scorned fans a chance to see their Season 16 favorites once more.
There were also sketches that featured The Voice's coaches. Some were funny, and others... well, they happened. This included a sketch in which the male coaches made a cardboard box fort for boys only that Kelly Clarkson tried to sneak into, and a bit in which each coach voiced their pets as they watched the finale. They weren't awful sketches, but one couldn't help but wonder if another artist could've filled that time with a performance.
With all of that said, it's hard to deny that between The Voice and American Idol's finale, NBC's singing series put on the better finale. Letting the finalists sing their hearts out the night before with only one performance during the finale seemed weird at first, but honestly made the final night feel more like a celebration than a competition. Hopefully, next season's finale is just as good as this one!
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