Published 11:42 PM EDT May 21, 2019
Spoiler alert: This story contains details about the outcome of Tuesday’s finale of “The Voice.”
John Legend just became a V-EGOT winner.
Maelyn Jarmon was named the Season 16 champ of “The Voice” during Tuesday’s finale, handing Legend a win in his first season as a coach.
“This journey with John has been incredible, it’s been a dream,” Jarmon said. “This has gone above and beyond my expectations. … I owe it to everyone who voted and streamed my songs.”
The feeling is mutual. “Maelyn makes me feel at peace. … Everything’s right when I get to listen to her voice,” Legend said. “I’m just so grateful I got to work with you this time.”
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Jarmon, 26, who is deaf in one ear, earned a four-chair turn during the Blind Auditions after wowing all the judges. She was the first member to join Team Legend and ultimately handed him the trophy that will join the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards on his mantel.
The Texas native beat overwhelming odds: She was the sole singer standing in the way of Blake Shelton, who had a 75% chance at the title with three of his singers in the finale.
When the votes were tallied, Gyth Rigdon finished in second place; Dexter Roberts came in third; Andrew Sevener in fourth.
The two-hour season finale felt like a concert, with more than a dozen guest performances and post-competition duets with the Top 4 and their musical heroes.
Sevener opened the festivities, singing “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” with Travis Tritt, just days after the country star’s tour bus was involved in fatal crash in South Carolina that left two people dead and another injured.
Jarmon and Sarah McLachlan offered a stunning duet of “Angel.” Roberts and Toby Keith brought the heat with “That’s Country Bro,” while Rigdon and Hootie & The Blowfish tackled “Hold My Hand.” The finalists may have been singing with their idols, but they held their own with the professionals and looked right at home onstage.
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Some fan-favorite contestants who were eliminated throughout the season got another chance in “The Voice” limelight.
Mari Jones and Kim Cherry lit up the audience with a soulful rendition of Lizzo’s “Good as Hell,” before LB Crew, Shawn Sounds, Jej Vinson, Kalvin Jarvis and Domenic Haynes tore into Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative,” channeling a boy band in their colorful suits and in sync (no pun intended) choreography.
Betsy Ade, Celia Babini, Lisa Ramey and Presley Tennant gave the boys a run for their money with their own rocker girl group. They performed a fiery rendition of Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen.”
The Jonas Brothers performed their new single “Cool.” Khalid, who served as an adviser for Legend during the Cross Battle round, returned with his smooth “Talk.” Taylor Swift brought her massive butterfly wings during a performance of “Me!” with Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie, while the K-pop group BTS broke the internet (literally) with their single “Boy With Luv.”
“BTS stole all their dance moves from me,” Shelton quipped.
Other guest performances included OneRepublic (“Rescue Me”), Hootie & The Blowfish (“Let Her Cry”) and Halsey, who debuted her new single “Nightmare.”
Although Rigdon, Roberts and Sevener didn’t walk away with the title, they did get a pricey consolation. Each will be able to drive home in his own new Toyota RAV4.