Country artist Craig Wayne Boyd and his coach Blake Shelton defied all odds Tuesday night to take the seventh season championship of “The Voice.” Boyd went up against three contenders from coach Adam Levine‘s team and beat them all.
Boyd had an unusual journey this year on the NBC reality program. He was an original member of Team Blake but was eliminated weeks ago. Coach Gwen Stefani saved him for her own team, helped him update his appearance, but then also chose to let him go. For his final steal, Shelton brought him back to his first team where he became the ultimate winner.
According to your predictions this past week, Matt McAndrew was at the top of our leaderboard with 4/7 odds (see chart at left). Boyd was in second place at 11/5. Chris Jamison was in third at 22/1 and then Damien Lawson at 50/1.
That turned out to be very close to the actual results. McAndrew finished in second, followed by Jamison, and then Lawson.
For Shelton, this is his fourth overall win as a coach during the first seven seasons of the series. Levine prevailed in the first and fifth years. Shelton won for the second, third, fourth, and now seventh cycles. Last spring’s champ was Usher, who departed the program soon after.
Stefani will now also be departing with her replacement being original coach/judge Christina Aguilera. The other newcomer this season was Pharrell Williams, the Grammy Producer of the Year. Williams will return this spring along with Levine and Shelton.
For Boyd, his winning season included the following song peformances: “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’,” “Wave on Wave,” “Can’t You See,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “You Look So Good in Love,” “Walk the Line,” “Take It Easy,” “Workin’ Man Blues,” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Monday’s songs were “In Pictures,” “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” and “Boots On.”
The winner announcement happened in the last moments of Tuesday’s episode. The rest of the two hours was filled with performances from the top 20 contenders and an all-star lineup including Hozier, Fall Out Boy, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Hudson, Ed Sheeran, and Jessie J.
Boyd wasn’t the only champ crowned Tuesday night. We have been offering up a predictions contest since the live shows began a few weeks ago.
The overall winner for this season is Denton, who scored 79.17% accuracy. That was well ahead of our second place finishers Ryan Lapierre and eeric (see chart at left) with 62.5% correct. Click HERE for full results.
We will certainly return with another contest predicting “The Voice” when the show is back on NBC in the spring. Be sure to enter your picks and possibly defeat Denton next time. He has won a $100 Amazon gift card for his efforts, and you could do the same.
To enter your predictions, make sure you are logged into your Gold Derby account or register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google.
After logging in, click on the “Predictions” button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby.
Click on any box to bring up that event, then scroll down to start making your predictions.
For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode. And remember to place your special 200-point bet wisely.