This obviously contains spoilers. If you have been hiding under a rock for the past 24 hours in hopes that you will get to watch the show before knowing anything, do not continue reading!
The Voice has declared its winner. The 16-year-old farm boy Sawyer Fredericks took the Season 8 crown Tuesday night after a two-hour season finale. The finale followed a one-hour recap of Monday night’s performances.
Fredericks, a member of Team Pharrell Williams, shared the spotlight with Team Blake Shelton’s Meghan Linsey, Team Adam Levine’s Joshua Davis and Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne before he stood alone. Fredericks came in first, Linsey in second, Joshua in third and Hawthorne came in fourth place.
Fredericks has been a favorite from the start for his unique, mature sound. Before The Voice ,he recorded his own album and performed once a week in Fultonville, N.Y. at a local farmer’s market. By the end of the finale, Fredericks had sang his own single written by his idol and Trouble singer Ray LaMontagne.
Although The Voice producers proved they could actually condense the program to one hour Monday night, they did not even try to shorten last night’s show. And it was jam-packed! The star-studded show included performances by Kelly Clarkson, Meghan Trainor, John Fogerty, Luke Bryan, Ed Sheeran, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5 and the judges of course.
The night began with the top four singers covering Fun’s Carry On. Then, the four were joined on stage by the remaining top 16 contestants for a cover of Fun’s Some Nights. Afterward, a flood of performances came pouring in and included professional artists, former contestants and current contestants.
Some of the better moments in the show were Fredericks and John Fogerty’s medley, Kelly Clarkson and Koryn Hawthorne’s duet and I can’t leave out Christina Aguilera’s priceless impressions video. And one of my favorite moments was when Fredericks brought back some former contestants to cover Lie to Me by blues rocker Jonny Lang.
And in one final attempt to stall the announcement of the winner, the coaches came together for their own rendition of B.B. King’s The Thrill is Gone and paid tribute to one of the biggest Blue’s legends of all time.
But no moment could beat the moment Sawyer Fredericks was crowned “The Voice” and was passed that trophy.