December 19th, 2012
11:15 AM ET
I can't say I was overly surprised by this season's winner of "The Voice"... but before we get to that, let's look back at how the third season's finale played out.
On Monday, the three remaining performers - Team Cee Lo's Nicholas David and Team Blake's Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott - sang multiple times. We had new solos, reprises of past routines and duets with their coaches.
Nicholas' "Great Balls of Fire" brought us actual fire. He definitely lived up to his team's moniker here, no more so than when he performed with Cee Lo Green himself on "Play That Funky Music." Yes, that was a mini-Cee Lo dancing in the middle of all that.
And Nicholas brought back his stirring performance of "Lean on Me," which was quite good. I can't say it was Nicholas' best night of the season, but we were reminded why he came this far.
Cassadee, however, matched her best night of the season. Not only was her reprise of "Over You" possibly even better than the first time, her duet with Blake Shelton on "Steve McQueen" invited comparisons with Sheryl Crow, in a good way.
Her new performance of "Cry" was actually the weakest of the three for me, but that was still quite memorable.
It was a smart choice for Blake and Terry to bring back a twist on his rendition of "I Want to Know What Love Is," still one of my favorite moments of the season.
"Broken Wings" wasn't quite as strong, as he briefly had an issue with the lyrics. But he brought down the house with Blake (and an assist from Adam Levine, looking like Axl Rose on guitar) performing "Dude Looks Like a Lady."
So, Cassadee still had the momentum going into Tuesday night's finale, which was certainly packed with famous faces - more than any before.
There was Rihanna! Bruno Mars! Kelly Clarkson! Avril Lavigne! Smokey Robinson (I think... yeah, that's him)! And on and on. In many cases, they weren't as interesting as the three remaining artists themselves, or the pre-taped segments paying tribute to the coaches - it was, after all, a temporary farewell to Cee Lo and Christina Aguilera.
For my money, seeing Peter Frampton perform with Terry on "Baby I Love Your Way" was just mind-blowing, and easily the moment I'll take with me from the night. Peter and Terry seemed on equal footing (and by the way, I think Cassadee out-sang Avril on "I'm With You").
So, several performances and a "You get a car! You get a car!" segment later, it was down to the winner.
Nicholas placed in third, meaning that Blake could claim both first and second place. Flawless victory, Mr. Shelton, and a repeat from last season.
The winner? No shocker here, Cassadee won. She had dominated iTunes over the past few weeks, and was the most logical person to come away with a successful pop (or even crossover country) career.
And it would certainly be nice for that to happen. Has anyone heard from Javier Colon?
Congratulations, Cassadee! I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how Usher and Shakira change things up as coaches come March 25.
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