And the winner of The Voice is:
After a two-hour spectacle that featured countless performances from all of the finalists, along with some of the eliminated competitors from earlier in the competition (though Owen Danoff was somehow missing in action for his bring-back performance with Laith Al-Saadi, Shalyah Fearing and Katie Basden), and several other musical guests such as Sia, Jennifer Nettles, Joe Walsh, Zayn, Ariana Grande and Cee-Lo Green, Carson Daly finally got around to announcing a winner. Perhaps it was anticlimactic, but Alisan Porter outlasted, out sung and outperformed all comers all season and was crowned the winner of Season 10 of The Voice. She beat out Adam Wakefield for the title. Hannah Huston finished third and Laith Al-Saadi finished fourth.
For me, Alisan had been the front-runner all season long, and despite a middle patch where she was given similar songs week after week that showcased her ability to wail with abandon and little else, she never wavered. In the final weeks of the season, she began to show some restraint and nuance, which in my opinion helped her cruise to victory. Porter’s victory also gave Christina Aguilera the distinction of becoming the first female coach to win the competition.
This concludes my recaps for Season 10 of the show. The show will be back in the fall with two new coaches: Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys, who will sit in for Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will return for Season 11. If you’ve been following along, thanks for reading.