After weeks of stunning performances, show-stopping vocals, and strict quarantining protocols, The Voice has crowned a season 19 champion!
Monday's live show featured the season's Top 5 performers taking the stage for a new solo cover song and a performance of a debut single. On Tuesday, the singers joined their coaches for powerful duets ahead of the big reveal.
Gwen Stefani was looking for her first-ever Voice win with 15-year-old crooner Carter Rubin, while John Legend was hoping that music professor John Holiday would impress fans one more time with his incredible range. Kelly Clarkson was ready to sing backup for her fellow Texas-born diva, DeSz, while Blake Shelton had two impressive singer-songwriters vying to add yet another win to his trophy shelf: Jim Ranger and Ian Flanigan.
The top two came down to Team Blake vs. Team Gwen, with Jim and Carter squaring off for the newly-engaged couple. But ultimately, the winner was... Carter Rubin!
Carter has wowed Voice fans, and Gwen in particular, all season -- from his powerful Blind Audition performance of Lewis Capaldi's "Before You Go" to his covers of Mariah Carey's "Hero" and The Muppets' "Rainbow Connection" that brought his coach to tears -- and it was emotionally fitting that he was the one to bring Gwen her first-ever Voice championship.
The Voice has looked a little different this season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with safety glass distancing the coaches and team members and separate performance spaces on stage for the Battle and Knockout Rounds. But Stefani noted ahead of the season how excited the coaches were to be back on the Voice stage in any capacity, bringing some music and joy into people's lives.
"I think that being able to sit down and watch a show that's so inspiring and will bring inspiration to people, it will definitely bring joy," she noted. "Music is the heartbeat of human beings, so I feel really blessed to be here and to be a part of that and to be able to connect around America on the TV."
"Maybe the reason there's so much talent is that a lot of people are kind of paused and they get to kind of, you know, follow the dream in a way they didn't get to because maybe they're working or they were in school," she added. "I think there's kind of a different kind of group of people this time because of the opportunity that we are all paused in the world right now."
The Voice will return for season 20 in 2021 on NBC. See more from this season in the video below.