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After weeks of grueling performances, battle rounds, and suggestions and decisions from mentors Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, The Voice has crowned a Season 3 winner. Last night’s performances from finalists Nicholas David, Terry McDermott, and Cassadee Pope certainly made the decision difficult, but ultimately a decision had to be made. Read on and the winner will be revealed.
After three performances last night, each of the contestants should have given themselves a pat on the back for a job well done. It would be convenient if they could have all won a medal and that $100,000 prize. Unfortunately, that’s not how a reality competition show works, and, ultimately, Cassadee Pope, the young gal with big vocals and a bigger personality, pulled through with the win. Despite David’s soulful crooning and McDermott’s overabundance of 80s songs, Pope’s win was pretty justified, especially after her closing performance on Monday, when she sang “Cry” by Faith Hill.
During tonight’s episode, both Rihanna and Bruno Mars performed, with the latter introducing his new single, “When I was Your Man.” Despite the ups and downs of the announcement of the winners and the losers of tonight’s competition, the real heartfelt moment may have been realizing two of the four mentors were out headed out the door for good. Both Cee Lo and Aguilera are leaving The Voice to put a focus on their respective music careers. Of course, they sang Green Day's, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” to commemorate their departure. If that song doesn’t get you every time, I’m betting you lack empathy (even if it is a little cheesy).
So, congrats to Blake Shelton for mentoring the winner, and congrats to Pope for pulling through with the win. Here’s hoping she’ll become a popular, huge icon in pop culture that The Voice desperately needs to to prove it can make a relevant star.