'The Voice' finale: And season 2 winner is...
The Season 2 winner of "The Voice" has been crowned: Jermaine Paul, of Team Blake, snatched the win away from Team CeeLo's Juliet Simms, Team Adam's Tony Lucca and Team Christina's Chris Mann in the "Voice" live finale Tuesday. It was an emotional victory that left him, and probably more than a few viewers at home, in tears.
Going into Tuesday's finale, there had been no clear favorite, though Paul's performance of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" on Monday's final performance show had offered up raw emotion, vocal power and an elegant stage presence and style.
It obviously did the trick with voters, who were the sole determining factor in choosing, from among the four finalists, this season's winner, who will receive a recording contract, $100,000 and, of course, bragging rights.
To be sure, the results did not come quickly. NBC stretched out the suspense for two hours, as Flo Rida, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Lady Antebellum, and a bevy of returning "Voice" contestants all took the stage, as did Justin Bieber, with his new single "Boyfriend."
But finally, after the Beliebers' screams had died down, Carson Daly revealed the results: Classically trained opera singer Mann finished in fourth place, just edged out by former Mouseketeer Lucca, who came in third.
That left Paul, a former backup singer for Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige, and Simms, an aspiring rock star and the only woman in the final four.
With only four percentage points separating them, Simms claimed second place and Paul emerged the winner, bringing him out of the background, into the spotlight, and ready to fly.
What do you think of the results?
Who's got your vote?
Each week our experts and readers rank the best of the best between the two blockbuster singing competitions. As of Monday, readers put "The Voice's" Juliet Simms on top. Who will be the favorite this week? Votes were tallied below. And check out last week's performances and see what our judges had to say at latimes.com/idol-voice.
-- Amy Reiter
Photo: (l-r) Jermaine Paul, Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, Tony Lucca. Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC.