'The Voice': Jermaine Paul wins and Christina Aguilera mends fences
For some, the takeaway from "The Voice" finale was an image of Christina Aguilera strutting around in a bedazzled diaper. For the few who managed to see beyond the odd fashion choice, a winner -- Jermaine Paul -- was named.
Minutes after the confetti dropped and Paul struggled to sing R Kelly's "I Can Fly" as his comrades and family attacked him with hugs, the former backup singer and Team Blake contestant proclaimed "I Won!" as he entered the red carpet area Tuesday night to talk to reporters.
Paul, who was an underdog in the contest, said that earlier in the day he had accepted the idea of losing.
"It was probably the first time I said, 'I'm good -- wherever it falls, America has done it. It's not producers. It's not coaches," he said. "I left my heart on the stage yesterday."
Juliet Simms, the 26-year-old indie rocker, came in second. Often a hit with the judges with her gritty voice and dramatic performances, Simms is already in talks to collaborate with judge Cee Lo Green on a song he's had stashed away. And though she may not have been crowned "The Voice," she says it was all meant to be.
"I believe in fate," Simms said. "It was Jermaine's time. ... When I was standing up there ... I had this sense of joy and pride just to even be in the top two." When asked whether she thought her throat illness might have contributed to her loss, Simms scoffed: "Whatever. Who cares?"
Perhaps one of the more shocking moments was Tony Lucca coming in at No. 3. The 36-year-old Team Adam contestant had managed to stay in the game despite the peculiar snubbing he faced by his former "Mickey Mouse Club" costar, Aguilera. Could their ongoing feud have been a factor in his loss? Lucca didn't rule it out.
"Maybe this is America's way of saying they don't want to reward this petty back-and-forth kind of thing," he said. He went on to add that Aguilera, as the show wrapped, approached him in an attempt to clear the air -- yes, in her bedazzled diapers.
Too little, too late? Aguilera contestant Chris Mann (our FlipCam ran out of memory, so we couldn't get video), said he thinks viewers might have developed misconceptions about the songstress because of the seasonlong kerfuffle.
"I think people might get the wrong idea about her, but she cared deeply about her team," he said. "She's great. And the rhinestone underwear were awesome too."
-- Yvonne Villarreal