In a shocker, Sundance Head won the Season 11 championship of “The Voice” on Tuesday night with a defeat of frontrunner Billy Gilman. Head’s coach Blake Shelton now has five trophies to his name as he extends his lead as the most decorated coach in the history of the NBC series. We` McDonald came in third place, and Josh Gallagher went home in fourth.
Head’s victory comes as a surprise to many viewers at home. Going into the finale Gilman led our Gold Derby racetrack odds with the best chance to win at 8/13 for Team Adam Levine. We wrongly predicted Head would take second place with 6/5 odds, but correctly forecasted McDonald for Team Alicia Keys placing third with 10/9 odds and Gallagher, also for Team Adam, landing in last place with 1/4 odds.
The two-hour finale kicked off in epic fashion with the season’s top 12 contestants joining music legend Stevie Wonder and pop star Ariana Grande for their new song “Faith” from the upcoming animated film “Sing.” The energetic performance set the tone for an exciting night of performances that was packed with celebrity guests.
One of the high points for each of the finalists was a chance to sing a duet with a superstar partner. The first up was McDonald pairing up with R&B star John Legend on his latest single “Love Me Now.” Later in the evening Gallagher joined acclaimed country singer Cam on her breakout hit “Burning House.” Head teamed with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Kiss on a medley of “Detroit Rock City” and “Rock and Roll All Night.” And Gilman linked up with three-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson for a stirring rendition “It’s Quiet Uptown.”
In what has become a tradition each season, each finalist was also allowed to invite previously eliminated contestants to take the stage with them one final time. Gallagher chose Austin Allsup and Brendan Fletcher to join him for a performance of “My Kind of Party.” Gilman led a powerhouse lineup that included Ali Caldwell, Christian Cuevas, Courtney Harrell and Sa’Rayah teaming up on “Proud Mary.” McDonald put together a diverse group including Aaron Gibson, Darby Walker and Fletcher for “Love Lockdown.” And the last group performance of the night had Head inviting back his teammates Harrell and Allsup to sing “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.”
Other highlights of the night included Sting singing his latest release “I Can’t Stop Thinking about You,” The Weeknd performing his hit “Starboy,” and Bruno Mars bringing down the house with his smash “24K Magic.” Season 12 will premiere on NBC in February with Gwen Stefani replacing Miley Cyrus and joining Shelton, Keys and Levine.