The Voice wrapped up its 16th season tonight on NBC, and Maelyn Jarmon is the winner. She defeated Andrew Sevener, Dexter Roberts and Gyth Rigdon to become the competition’s latest victor, and is the first to win under the Team Legend banner. Read on for a recap of the season finale and its key spoilers:
9:00 – The episode opens with finalist Andrew Sevener, gets a chance to duet with his idol Travis Tritt on the song “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” Their chemistry popped off the screen, and it was a great way to start off the season finale.
9:10 – After Sevener and Tritt finish up, the stage is handed over to the Jonas Brothers. The beloved trio sing their latest single, “Cool”, and the crowd goes crazy for it. So far, the performances for the night have set a high bar.
9:20 – The show cuts to a humorous commercial featuring coach Blake Shelton as he sells a new “Manure” cologne scent. We cut back to the next performer of the night, R&B star Khalid, who sings his recent track “Talk.” The show’s producers have packed the opening minutes of the show with loads of star power.
9:30 – The fourth performance of the evening keeps the festive mood going. Mari Jones, a top 13 contestant, teams up with top 8 contestant Kim Cherry to sing a cover of Lizzo’s “Good as Hell.” The talented duo carry the bulk of the track, but towards the end, they are joined onstage by fellow Voice alumni Shawn Sounds, L.B. Crews, Jej Vinson, Kalvin Jarvis and Domenic Haynes. The quintet then deliver a swaggering rendition of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative. The crowd eats it up.
9:40 – Will.i.am takes the stage to promote NBC’s newest singing competition, Songland. The series is executive produced by Voice coach Adam Levine, and premieres Tuesday, May 28, at 10 p.m. ET. After Will.i.am leaves the stage, OneRepublic lead singer Ryan Tedder shows up to perform the group’s single, “Rescue Me.”
9:50 – Host Carson Daly welcomes the four finalists to the stage to announce that they’ve each been given a free Rav 4 by Toyota. This announcement is followed by the sixth performing act of the night: Hootie & the Blowfish. The 90’s alt-rockers perform the song “Let Her Cry.”
10:00 – Sarah McLachlan and Voice finalist Maelyn Jarmon perform a moving rendition of McLachlan’s seminal track “Angel.” The track is a vocal showcase for Jarmon, who is the last representative of Team Legend.
10:10 – The next performance sees K-pop sensation BTS takes the stage to perform their new hit song, “Boy with Luv.” While BTS was teased as one of the performing groups, the lack of promotion leading up to the finale led many to assume that they were no longer involved. A pleasant surprise for K-pop fans everywhere.
10:20 – Voice finalist Dexter Roberts takes the stage for the first time of the night. He joins country star Toby Keith to perform Keith’s new single, “That’s Country Bro.” On the heels of Roberts and Keith’s country-flavored duet, pop songstress Halsey hopes onstage to perform the single “Nightmare.”
10:30 – The show then welcomes back four of the top 24 artists; Betsy Ade, Lisa Ramey, Celia Babini, and Pressley Tennant, to perform a cover of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen.” The quartet show off their impressive vocal harmonies with a unique arrangement of the classic rock staple.
10:40 – The final Voice contestant, Gyth Rigdon, takes the stage to perform “Hold My Hand” alongside Hootie & the Blowfish. The musical acts compliment each other’s respective styles, and the performance goes off without a hitch.
10:50 – The final performance of the night may also be the most star-studded. Taylor Swift and Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie team up to deliver a lively take on their smash single “ME!” A worthy closer to the night’s musical entertainment.
10:55 – The four finalist are brought onto the stage to say their final words to their coaches before they hear the final results. Carson Daly announces that Andrew Sevener finished in fourth place and Dexter Roberts finished in third. We cut to a commercial break before we get the final results.
11:00 – Gyth Rigdon is announced as the second place finalist, meaning that Maelyn Jarmon is the winner of season 16! She celebrates onstage and with her family as the episode comes to a close.