‘The Voice’ is about to crown a winner. Could this 15-year-old win it all?
At the end of Tuesday night’s episode, one singer will be crowned the Season 19 champion. Who will it be?
“The Voice” is about to reveal the singer getting $100,000 and a record deal. At the end of Tuesday night’s episode, one singer will be crowned the Season 19 champion.
Who will it be? Here’s a rundown of the top five performers this season.
Team Gwen Stefani: Carter Rubin
At 15, Carter Rubin is the youngest singer in the competition this year. If Rubin were to win, he would become the youngest male winner in the show’s history. A victory for Rubin would also mark Gwen Stefani’s first win on the show.
During Part 1 of the finale Monday night, Rubin performed a cover of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”
“Even though I’m supposed to be your competition over here, I’ve never felt that way because this has been a tough year for everybody in the world and to be able to end this year and sit in this chair and listen to somebody with your talent, with your heart … I’m a fan, man,” Blake Shelton told Rubin after the performance. “Unbelievable.”
“It feels like you’re just meant to be doing this,” added Stefani, who said she believed viewers would vote Rubin through to become the show’s next winner. “You are just so special and so gifted and so natural.”
Team Kelly Clarkson: Desz
One of the few four-chair turns this season, Desz has formed a strong connection with her coach, Kelly Clarkson. Previously, Clarkson has joked about applying to be Desz’s background singer, and called the singer from Houston “incredibly gifted,” the Deseret News reported.
Clarkson was visibly emotional after the Houston singer performed the original song “Holy Ground” Monday night.
“I needed that song,” she said. “You’re hands down the greatest vocalist I’ve ever worked with on this show. I’m so proud I get to be your coach.”
Team Blake Shelton: Ian Flanigan
For getting just one chair turn that came near the end of his audition, country singer Ian Flanigan has gone surprisingly far in the competition.
The 31-year-old singer, who was living in a motor home and touring full-time with his family at the time of his audition, has remained on Blake Shelton’s team through the entire season. His distinct voice has been praised throughout the season, and last week on “The Voice,” Clarkson said Flanigan is one of her favorite voices to ever be on the show.
Going into Monday night’s episode — which featured Flanigan performing Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” — Shelton complimented Flanigan’s unique sound and said, “I have absolutely no doubt Ian’s gonna win this show.”
Team Blake Shelton: Jim Ranger
Although Legend put up a fight to get Jim Ranger on his team, the 38-year-old singer from Bakersfield, California, picked Shelton and has remained with the country singer for the entire season.
Ranger closed out Monday night’s episode with Joe Cocker’s rendition of “With a Little Help From My Friends” — a dynamic performance that got a standing ovation from all four coaches. Clarkson even called it Ranger’s best performance on the show.
Last week on “The Voice,” Shelton — who has been a coach on the show since it premiered in 2011 — told Ranger: “I’m more impressed than maybe I’ve ever been as a coach on this show. Unbelievable.”
Team John Legend: John Holiday
John Holiday, a 35-year-old opera singer from Rosenberg, Texas, has shocked the coaches on “The Voice” from the start.
“Your range is so incredible I didn’t know you were a dude,” Kelly Clarkson said after Holiday’s blind audition. “My face, that will be a GIF. I was so shocked when I turned around.”
Clarkson continued her praise of Holiday Monday night. After Holiday performed Beyonce’s “Halo,” Clarkson said: “I’ve never ... heard anyone like you in my whole life and that’s what this show is about, is about finding voices that are unlike anybody else, they’re so unique … and they inspire you.”
Holiday previously told the Deseret News that being on the show during a troubled year has been about a lot more than winning.
“When I sing, my prayer is that it will help to elevate someone out of a position where they feel like there is no more hope,” he said. “It doesn’t go unnoticed in my mind that there are people out there who are struggling, who are grieving loss of loved ones, loss of work, don’t know where their next check is coming from, where their next meal is coming from.
“Maybe it’s selfish of me, but I hope that in the 10 minutes that people get to see me on TV that I can remind them that it will get better,” he continued. “Even though it’s chaotic right now, it’s gonna get better. I don’t have to win the show if I’ve done that for somebody else. If I can do that, I’ve already won.”