What started out as the season of Ariana Grande ended on Tuesday night with either Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton or John Legend winning another career title. “The Voice” finale featured lots of A-list music superstars interspersed with the actual results of the Final 5 artists: Girl Named Tom and Hailey Mia of Team Kelly, Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham of Team Blake and Jershika Maple of Team Legend. So who earned the confetti shower as the winner of Season 21?
Below, read our minute-by-minute “The Voice” recap of the Season 21 finale (Night 2) to find out what happened Tuesday, December 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite artists and coaches on NBC’s long-running reality TV show. What do you think of this latest addition to “The Voice” winners list?
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9:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘The Voice’!” In last night’s episode, host Carson Daly announced that the Top 5 would each sing twice on the big stage — one uptempo song and one ballad. Their song choices were: “deja vu” and “idontwannabeyouanymore” for Hailey, “Ain’t Nobody” and “Me and Mrs. Jones” for Paris, “The Chain” and “Baby Now That I’ve Found You” for Girl Named Tom, “Rolling In the Deep” and “I’m Goin’ Down” for Jershika and “How Will I Know” and “Over the Rainbow” for Wendy. But enough about last night, let’s get to the final results show of the year!
9:01 p.m. – The first performance of the night came from Coldplay and BTS on their joint single “My Universe.” BTS was not actually present in the studio, but the holographic display allowed it to look like they were there with Coldplay and was fitting for the song.
9:06 p.m. – Hailey and Kelly were up next with their duet of “Funny” by Jasmine Thompson and Zedd. Ahead of the performance, Kelly spoke highly again of Hailey’s maturity and ability to storytell at such a young age. In that context, it was nice to see them on stage together because it showed how comfortable Hailey truly is next to such a strong vocalist like Kelly.
9:16 p.m. – After a comedic bit featuring Ariana the cowgirl auditioning for Blake’s music video was a performance by country star Walker Hayes on his song “Fancy Like.”
9:23 p.m. – Referring to them as “kindred spirits,” Carson introduced the duet between Paris and Blake next. Paris was able to get Blake out of his own comfort zone this time on “Love Train” by The O’Jays.
9:33 p.m. – To promote their film “Sing 2,” Matthew McConaughey and Nick Kroll introduced their costars Keke Palmer and Tori Kelly‘s rendition of “Christmas Baby (Baby Please Come Home)” featuring the Top 13 artists.
9:41 p.m. – Ahead of Jershika and John’s performance together, they spoke about how perfect their pairing was after he saved her from elimination on Kelly’s team. Together they married their voices on “O Holy Night.”
9:49 p.m. – Ed Sheeran returned to the season after serving as the mega mentor to perform his song “Shivers.” It appeared that there was a problem with the mic at the beginning of the performance, but when his voice came through we were treated to one-man-show style of vocals and instrumentals all on his own.
9:56 p.m. – And stopping by the show for the first time was Jennifer Lopez with the piano ballad “On My Way” from her new movie “Marry Me.”
10:05 p.m. – Carrie Underwood joined John, at the piano, for a holiday duet of their song together “Hallelujah.”
10:10 p.m. – Before giving the stage over to Girl Named Tom and Kelly, Carson declared that they were not only the first trio to make the finale, but they’re also the first act in 21 seasons to have four different songs in the top 10 of iTunes at once (following last night’s performances). For their coaches duet they sang “Leave Before You Love Me” by Jonas Brothers and Marshmello.
10:20 p.m. – Wendy got together with Blake for the final coaches duet of the night on “Just a Fool,” which is a song Blake originally recorded with Christina Aguilera and bridged the gap between Wendy’s soul voice and Blake’s country style.
10:28 p.m. – Making her own return to the show, former coach Alicia Keys took the stage for her new single “Old Memories.”
10:42 p.m. – Despite her not having a finalist to root for tonight, we were still treated to an Ariana performance. She took the stage with Kid Cudi for their song “Just Look Up” from the Oscar hopeful film “Don’t Look Up.”
10:48 p.m. – Finally, for the first set of results for the night Carson brought the five artists to the stage to reveal that the artist finishing in 5th place was Jershika Maple.
10:51 p.m. – And finishing in 4th place was Hailey Mia.
10:52 p.m. – And finishing in 3rd place was Paris Winningham.
10:57 p.m. – The winner of season 21 of “The Voice” is Girl Named Tom! That gives Kelly her fourth win and places Wendy Moten as the season’s runner-up.
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