It’s the final episode of The Voice finale Season 17. Fans will learn which of the Top 4 contestants earn the most votes. And won the not only the title of The Voice Champion. But the $100,000 grand prize and a record deal.
Four singers are left. But only one can name the winner on season 17 of ‘The Voice finale’! Follow along right here as the big finale unfolds.
The Voice finale of season 17 is here! Tonight, either Rose Short, Ricky Duran, Jake Hoot or Katie Kadan will be named the winner of the show. But first, there are tons of fun performances to get through.
Up first, some of The Voice finale season 17 male vocalists — Alex Guthrie, Will Breman, Max Boyle and Shane Q. So hit the stage for an upbeat and fun rendition of “Give Me Some Lovin’.” The next performance is from Lady Antebellum, who sing their latest hit song. “What If I Never Get Over You”. Of course, they absolutely KILL it, as always!
The next performance is from the Black Eyed Peas. So along with J Balvin and the dance group, Illuminate. The stage is full of insane choreography as the group belts out “RITMO.” Another incredible collaboration is up next. So Katie teams up with Adam Lambert for the most beautiful rendition of “Believe” by Cher. Adam is no stranger to singing competitions. And Katie could very well be following in his successful footsteps after tonight!
Rose’s duet is up next. And she gets to team up with a legend, Yolanda Adams, for a powerful performance of “Through The Midst Of It All”. So good! Some more of the former contestants from this season Kat Hammock, Cali Wilson, Gracee Shriver. And Marybeth Byrd reunites next to perform “Neon Moon,” and it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Next, the performances continue when Dua Lipa hits the stage to sing her latest hit, “Don’t Start Now”. She looks stunning in a silver fringe outfit. So while she dances and belts out the track. Following Dua Lipa, Ricky gets the chance to perform with one of his idols, Gary Clark Jr. The guys sing “Pearl Cadillac”. But while rocking out on their guitars, they totally kill it.
Last Season’s winner, Maelyn Jarmon
Last season’s winner, Maelyn Jarmon, returns to The Voice finale stage to get the crowd in the holiday spirit by performing “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Yup, it’s no secret why she won the whole show!. So Finally, it’s time for Jake to perform his duet. And he gets to sing with Little Big Town! They sing the band’s hit “Over Drinking,”. And it’s the absolute perfect country collaboration.
Jennifer Hudson is the next performer. And she’s back on The Voice to give the first-ever television performance of her song, “Memory,” from her new movie, Cats. As always, Jennifer sounds like straight perfection on the iconic track. Next, it’s time to bring back some of the singers from this season. So as Joana Martinez, Myracle Holloway and Hello Sunday team up for a powerful rendition of “Keep Me Hangin’ On”. The next performance comes from country singer Luke Combs, who gives an emotional performance of his song “Even Though I’m Leaving”. But in the background, sentimental pictures of the contestants flash on the screen, too.
Finally, it’s time to get some results! Carson Daly announces the artist in fourth place, and it’s…ROSE SHORT. In third place, it’s…KATIE KADAN. So, it comes down to TEAM KELLY vs. TEAM BLAKE. And the winner is….JAKE HOOT!
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— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) December 18, 2019
And in the moment(s) of truth…
Rose Short (Team Gwen) — sigh; did I really say I wouldn’t throw anything at the TV?
Katie Kadan (Team Legend) — double sigh; gimme something else to throw, dammit!
Ricky Duran (Team Blake)
Season 17 Winner
Jake Hoot (Team Kelly) — the one-chair-turn did it!
Congratulations, Jake Hoot!
Jake Hoot has been crown the winner of The Voice finale season 17. This 31-year-old country singer was a front-runner the entire way through the live shows, as he was never in danger of elimination during any of the live shows and he won the Apple Music vote boost every week that it was available.
That boost is given to the singer whose songs are streamed the most on Apple Music each week between the performances and the results; Hoot winning that every week was a huge clue that he might be the eventual winner. But he also credits his coach, Kelly Clarkson, with helping him get to the end.
“I would describe Kelly’s coaching style as… tough love,” he says of his coach, adding, “I’m so grateful to have Kelly as a coach. She understands me as an artist and we’ve become true friends”.
“With a name like ‘Jake Hoot,’ you had no other genre option,” Clarkson joke earlier in the season to the country singer. So adding, “I love rehearsals with Jake, he makes me feel so peaceful and I just love being serenaded by him”.
She later pointed out that Hoot was a one-chair turn audition. And here he is now, standing in the final two. “I’m so proud of you,” she says to him before he announces as the winner.
The other three finalists finished thusly: Rose Short in fourth place, Katie Kadan in third place, and Ricky Duran in second place.
Hoot performs Luke Combs
In his journey to get to the winner’s circle, Hoot performs Luke Combs’ “When It Rains It Pours” for his blind audition, which earns him a spot on Kelly Clarkson’s team. She compared him to Ronnie Dunn of the famed country duo Brooks & Dunn, which is a huge compliment but also accurate — Hoot’s sound is quite reminiscent of Dunn.
In the Battle Round, Hoot defeat teammate Steve Knill on the Willie Nelson hit “Always On My Mind”. He then took on Melinda Rodriguez in the Knockout Round with Michael Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up” and emerge victorious there as well.
During the live shows, Hoot sang country hits “You Lie,” “Every Light in the House,” “That Ain’t My Truck,” and “Amazed,” but he also showed some range by performing Loggins & Messina’s hit “Danny’s Song,” the Eagles ballad “Desperado,” and the holiday song “Wintersong,” which he performed as a duet with coach Clarkson during the live finale.
Moving forward, it seems like a country album is definitely in Hoot’s future. He knows who he is, which is something he said in an interview with his hometown PBS affiliate this season is really important to him as an artist.
“Find out who you are as an artist. That takes a long time, it took me a long time to kind of hone that sound in and hone what kind of music and genre,” says Hoot. “But once you find it, stick to it and surround yourself with people who are going to support you and push you. Sometimes that comes from tough love and people being brutally honest, which is what you want.
“You don’t want someone who is always going to tell you, ‘You’re doing a great job!’ when you did a horrible job. You want that constructive criticism. Surround yourself with a great support group.”
Hoot definitely has a great support group. His parents, girlfriend, and 4-year-old daughter Macy could be seen during the finale cheering him on from the backstage family room.