'The Voice' finale: What you didn't see on TV

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Minutes after I arrived at Wednesday’s finale of The Voice, it was clear the experience would contain something Tuesday’s penultimate episode lacked— a whole lot of heart.

“We love each other a lot!” Vicci Martinez shouted a minute before the cameras rolled to The Voice’s big reveal, as the final four contestants stood in huddle formation while awaiting their collective fates. Carson Daly then shoved his much-louder mic in her face to allow her to proclaim”We love the f— out of each other!” to the very excited crowd gathered at  Stage 16 on Warner Bros.’s Burbank lot.

But it wasn’t just the contestants who were feeling warm and fuzzy. From Adam Levine’s tears during Javier Colon’s duet with Stevie Nicks to Christina Aguilera’s proclamation that the coaches were her new brothers, it was an emotionally charged evening. Those of us in the press/NBC section were occasionally chastised for being the lamest and tamest members of the crowd, but everybody else was 100 percent on for the occasion.

The coaches didn’t come out an hour early and ham it up with their fans like they did on Tuesday. Instead, they stayed backstage until 20 minutes before showtime (10 for Aguilera) and stuck to each other in both solidarity and collective nervousness, clearly anxious to see who would win. Cee-Lo Green was still pretty silly, but I’m beginning to suspect that it’s his permanent nature. Good for him.

Blake Shelton came out clutching a red Solo Cup, gave a few high fives, and sat down in his chair. Green gave us a flash of his blinged out chest, Aguilera smiled and waved, and Levine gave a big hug to Daly, but all four coaches seemed eager to sit down and chat, and exchange hugs and well wishes, before the show began. It was clear that the coaches and their pupils have formed close bonds throughout the process, and deeply cared about the outcome of the show. Of couse, the majority of the crowd adored the emotion they were seeing on stage. It was the stuff finale dreams are made of. But as always, there was plenty of excitement that you couldn’t see on TV.

For example, about twenty minutes before we went live, the cameras came out to record promotions for the Dutch version of The Voice, using Green, Levine, and Shelton as spokesmen. Levine ad-libbed, ending his bit with “do not miss it…unless you’re stupid!” At that point, the crowd went wild. Green flubbed his little bit about eight times, while Shelton was a smooth talkin’ natural. Why Aguilera missed out I do not know; maybe they filmed hers earlier or she needed more time in hair and makeup.

As the show went on, Bill the warm-up comedian spoke with fans of all four coaches during the commercial breaks, but none struck a chord like the guy who proclaimed his watch was a “Team Cee-Lo” time piece due to its red hue. Green then stole the watch from the fan, and gave it back when he decided it wasn’t good enough to add to his crimson collection. Ouch.

Aguilera’s fans were much more sincere, wearing homemade T-shirts and offering anecdotes that proved their love for the singer. One fan admitted to using Aguilera’s songs in “cycles of therapy.” Luckily, Aguilera was in higher spirits tonight, and stood up several times to blow kisses to her crowd. She clapped and cheered for all of the contestants, and even rose first to cheer at the end of Colon’s duet. Green was in an enthusiastic mood too, offering fistbumps to his fellow coaches after their contestants’ performances.

Shelton and Levine were both pretty quiet throughout the night —  probably due to the anxiety of their unique situation. Shelton did do a little gag where he feigned anger when Levine ran to Daly for a hug and not him, but he still seemed to be the most outwardly nervous coach.

Daly didn’t have to deal with the same stakes as the rest of the celebrities, so he was his typically professional and focused self. He has never been very interactive with the audience off camera (I went to many a TRL taping back in the day), but his live job isn’t as fun so he gets a pass. I did note that Daly took a break from going over lines to sing and dance a bit to Martinez’  Train duet backstage, but didn’t pay much attention to the rest of the performances.

When Colon was eventually announced as the winner and the room was showered by confetti machines, all four coaches and contestants remained locked in constant hug mode, as their first season as a little TV family came to a close. Whether they’ll stick together for years like their nemeses on Idol or quickly move on to other projects, it was a blast seeing this unique concept for a show play out.


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  • em

    Thanks for the insight tonight. It’s nice to see that the coaches took something away from this show – whether it was a connection with the contestants or just plain fun. Looking forward to the next season, with or without this particular judging panel.

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  • jassica

    i loved christina look she was beautifull

    • alpha

      Christina was the worst part of the show. She was basically disinterested when anyone other than her singers went on. At one point she was shown texting when the other coaches where all paying attention and speaking. She was a terrible judge as well, “take off your pants” she said to that country guy. That’s pathetic. Imagine Adam said that or Blake to one of the girls.

      • Andrew

        She’s the worst part of the show, yet she’s the only part of the show you could manage to muster up a big a ss paragraph about?

        P.S., she wasn’t texting, she was on twitter, as all the judges are at various times during the show, because they are contractually obligated to do so.

  • Nat Day

    What an anticlimatic end. THere wasn’t even time for the winner to share his excitement nor to see the reaction of the other contestants. After all the time committed to this show I found the end to be a huge waste of time. 30 seconds? Who thought that was a good idea? Where was his family? What did the other contestants think; what about Adam? We never heard from him? What a waste of time!!!!

    • el

      Really needed some “closure” for lack of a better word, I agree. They’ve been so great about making it a show about real back and forth, asking contestants AND judges what they feel every step of the way… but not the finale? Whuh?

  • joansie

    Great details, not enough dirt but well written and i felt i left my four walls by readibg your story. Thanks, i felt like i was i the middle of noise and pushing nd lines and i never left my home or soend money. More. Stories please, you make me feel i was. Some place exciting, thanks…

  • Squishmar

    Looking forward to next season… hopefully they will tweak the format a little. They seem like they will be open-minded to fix some of the problems encountered in this abbreviated first season. It’s been fun, though!

  • jassica

    i love christina aguilera i am watching the show only for her

    • jimmy

      Christina looks like a transvestite. She came off as the most insincere, un-interesting, most shallow judge of them all while others seemed to genuinely care. She’s a pig.

      • Squishmar

        Judge much?

      • Brenda

        I TOTALLY AGREE!!! COULD SHE REVEAL ANY MORE CLEAVAGE WITHOUT A “WARDROBE” MALFUNCTION???

  • Wynonna J.

    “…Christina Aguilera’s proclamation that the coaches were her new brothers,”

    No one actually believes she meant that. It was PR fodder, and nothing more.

    • CIP

      Wynonna, How do you know how Christina feels? Don’t be so bitter…

    • M

      Exactly, she is full of it!!!! They cannot stand her, backstage drama, all of her as always

    • Jennifer

      She was supposed to be giving her final thoughts about Beverly…..*nd yet again, she took the opportunity to talk about herself! Shallow, egotisitcal, and just rude!

      • jk

        What a beast, huh? How dare she say something nice to her fellow coaches or talk about how she feels when she is asked for HER opinion!?!? Women really need to learn their place and sit down, shut up, and look like beauty queens at all times. Young people are watching everywhere and they need to know there is no place in this world for opinionated females.

      • forrest

        This was here last open mic time. She was the only one to thank her fellow coaches for a great season. I took it as genuine.

  • BeachBaby

    I hope they stop wasting time in the social media room – or whatever they call it – next year. What an unworkable concept. It’s like when Lawrence Welk tried to be cool by dressing his singers in jeans as they sang the worst songs of all time. Ditch it!

  • Rebecca

    The show is totally rigged. There is no way that “Javier” should have won. Adam helped push him through (In his words, not mine). There were plenty of other more talented artists.

    • JRP

      Stop being a bitter fan. Javier deserved to win !

    • KGW

      If the show had been rigged, all the pretty little perky things (male or female) would have won their bouts. I still tend to think that Cee-Lo bowed to conventionality by picking Miss Vicki for his final artist.

  • kennedyDC

    I could have sworn that when the Javier / Stevie Nicks duet ended … and the camera showed CeeLo, it looked as though he had been crying.

    • Squishmar

      No, according to people here, Christina probably spit in his eye. The hate for her is just too strange to be believed.

  • nome

    One can hope Season 2 will be even better.

    To Jimmy: Its fine if you don’t like Christina Aguilera but to make fun of anyone for their looks is just immature. Looks like a transvestite??? Don’t be an idiot.

    • M

      She does look like one, too much of everything, saw her rarely once, clean face and she loooked beautiful, why she insists on wearing that clown make up?

  • jane

    at one point, when the finalists were brought out, the male judges were standing and christina was sitting, sipping from a straw. i thought that was pretty outrageous diva behavior.
    I think she is the worst judge of all. She didn’t say anything good to anyone but her own team, and was rather sexist when she did. The guys would say you are cute and a doll, but she asked a guy to drop his pants. Cmon. we need a new female judge.

    • Polly

      In another “What you didn’t see on TV”, it was clear that the producer encouraged Christina to say those flirty things.

    • Squishmar

      Oh, Jane. What a selective memory you have. I could quote a dozen very complimentary things Christina told various singers (not on her team) and I could also quote a lot more sleazy things that were said by the male judges than “cute” and “a doll,” but you’ll still keep hating Christina… facts be damned.

  • nome

    Enough of this “Get rid Christina Aguilera” crap!!!! Whether you like her or not, One of the reasons that The Voice is successful is because of Christina Aguilera.

    I get that Christina Aguilera has a reputation of being a diva but all reports of her being a diva on the set of The Voice have long been proven false yet there are still people out there that will believe anything that they read on the Internet.

    Its ridiculous and unfair how some people try to find every little thing to criticize Christina.

  • Nadine

    Good for Javier! I was rooting for Vicci,but the public chose the best ” VOICE”. It was a great show and I am excited for next season. I am amazed that there are so many great singers in this country. I wish good luck to all the contestants.

  • Tony

    Javier needed the win more than the others, I think. But let’s see if he can live up to it with a successful album. What I don’t want to see is Vicci and Dia sign record deals where they end up being overproduced and moved into music styles that are not right for them. I listened to a lot of Vicci’s stuff and some of Dia’s and they are both really good stuff. Don’t try to become “pop tarts”. Just look at Katherine McPhee. Her record deal ruined her career. Now she’s a tv actress. Good gig, but not how she started out. As for Beverly, not sure where she goes with her act. Good singer, weird act (to me, anyway).

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