Jermaine Paul, a former backup singer from Spring Valley, New York was crowned the winner of the second season of NBC’s The Voice Tuesday during a live grand finale. Paul was mentored by country singer Blake Shelton. The decision was based on viewer votes.
Jermaine emerged victorious after weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds and judges’ “saves.” In addition to the title, Jermaine also gets a recording contract with Universal Republic Records and $100,000 cash.
As confetti rained down and the crowd rose to its feet, a tearful Jermaine gave thanks to his family, friends, supporters and cried “Nobody but Jesus.” He then took the mic one last time to sing his finale song “I Believe I Can Fly,” by R. Kelly.
Juliet Simms, the female rocker mentored by Cee Lo Green, finished second in the voting. In third place was former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca, coached by Adam Levine. Opera singer Chris Mann, who was mentored by Christina Aguilera, finished fourth. All of the contestants received a new car from KIA Motors.
Tuesday night’s results show also featured guest performances by Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, Lady Antebellum and Daryl Hall and John Oates.
Here’s a rundown of the evening’s performances:
Jermaine Paul teamed up with season two favorites Pip, Jamar Rogers and James Massone for a version of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”
Juliet Simms teamed with Flo Rida for a medley of the star’s hits, “Whistle” and “Wild Ones “
Chris Mann was joined by season two pals Lindsey Pavao and Katrina Parker, as the trio sang The Verve’s “Bitter Sweet Symphony”
Special guests Daryl Hall and John Oates were joined by the male finalists, Jermaine, Chris and Tony, for a performance of their hit, “Rich Girl.”
Juliet Simms returned to the stage with season two friends Jamar Rogers, RaeLyn and Erin Willett for a take on The Beatles “With a Little Help from my Friends,” in the style made famous by Joe Cocker.
Lady Antebellum was in the house to perform their song “Wanted You More.”
Season two contestant Jordis Unga returned for the finale to help Tony Lucca with his last song of the season, Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.”
The mere mention of Justin Bieber’s name had the crowd screaming throughout the show, and they went more than a little crazy when he finally appeared through a haze of dry ice for the debut performance of his song “Boyfriend.”
The finale also included a comedy bit featuring the cast of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which featured Cee Lo Green being dissed by Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope. SNL’s Kenan Thompson also appeared in full Cee Lo guise to make fun of the star and his white cat Purrfect, who got his own profile segment and hashtag during the show.
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