Tuesday, May 8, 2012 , Updated 10:05 p.m., May 8, 2012
UPDATED: Who wins Tuesday night on The Voice?
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Voting's now closed on NBC's second season of The Voice, and on Tuesday night, host Carson Daly will reveal who will win it all.
Sharon Mathai's exit from The Voice two weeks ago should have been our cue to turn the show off, but we became smitten with more than a few contestants remaining in the competition. (And really, Mathai wasn't destined to make it to the finals anyhow.)
Though the show hinges on what happened Monday night, the biggest heartbreak came a week earlier, when viewer votes combined with judges' votes removed Jamar Rogers from the competition in favor of his teammate, Juliet Simms. It wasn't the wrong choice to keep Juliet, but it was crushing to see a usually well-spoken Jamar say few words, seemingly stunned to hear his time on the show as over. A recovering meth addict who is HIV positive, Jamar's story was as moving as many of his performances.
The four left in the finals are:
- Chris Mann, the opera singer on Team Christina [Aguilera]
- Jermaine Paul, the former R&B backup singer for Alicia Keys on Team Blake [Shelton]
- Tony Lucca, the former Mickey Mouse Club member on Team Adam [Levine]
- And Simms, the only female left in the competition on Team Cee Lo [Green]
Juliet Simms’ “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” on The Voice
It's a man's, man's, man's world, and we'll call it: Simms takes the title.
Despite being sick on Monday night's live show and delivering performances that didn't stack up to previous nights, Simms carries the personality and talent to win it all. The winner of The Voice is left entirely up to viewer's votes, so that person doesn't necessarily have to be the most technical singer, the most pitch-perfect, or have the best moves. Simms would lose in all of those categories. The winner is the audience's favorite, and we think Simms will take it.
She said her standout performance was "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" last week, which she indeed slaughtered. But she won us over weeks earlier with "Roxanne," when she transformed from cliche rocker to a commanding frontwoman with a voice all her own.
Simms' performance of "Free Bird" at Monday's finals was good but not great. Dressed in a red dress with a cape, she looked positively on fire as she threw her hands up, wailing in her signature style that felt a little pained, probably from sickness.
The most talented on the show, however is opera singer Mann. His rendition of "You Raise Me Up" brought Aguilera to tears, and rightfully so. His voice was stunning, soaring over the audience with authority and grace. But by our estimation, he won't win because his voice doesn't carry wide enough appeal, though he's the most technically talented.
Paul, who regularly delivered outstanding soul performances the season long, gave a boring performance with "I Believe I Can Fly," which never really flew. He almost made up for it with a duet with Shelton, singing "Soul Man." It was Paul who carried the fun, funky cover.
And Lucca: We'll call him most improved. He's been a favorite of fans from the beginning, but we couldn't understand why. Sure, he was buds with Britney Spears and Aguilera back in his Mouseketeer days, but he otherwise came off as just a good karaoke singer. Last week's "How You Like Me Now" was really good, rightfully earning him a spot in the finals, though he shouldn't win. It seems unlikely that Lucca will win anyhow, since he's on Team Adam, whose Season 1 finalist Javier Colon won it all last year.
Lucca stirred the pot Monday night, singing an interesting, folky rendition of the rap song "99 Problems." But he showed off his versatility all too late. A stellar performance, it still wasn't enough.
UPDATE: Spoiler alert: Tuesday's results revealed Mann in fourth place; Lucca in third; Simms in second; and Paul in first. Paul was in tears when the results were announced, and he graciously thanked his fans and his family. He barely got through his solo, "I Believe I Can Fly," choking back tears.