Last night was a rare occurrence — a music competition’s winner completely shocked us.
But the surprise of Jermaine Paul’s win on The Voice was more akin to discovering you forgot to do your taxes rather than finding out you got a puppy for Christmas.
The nature of this surprise has nothing to do with Jermaine’s persona. We were moved by his emotion and touched by his performances. It’s not that he’s not deserving, but rather that the other three contestants were all stronger in their own rights.
As a contestant, Jermaine showed little growth throughout the course of the competition. Apart from his blind audition of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” he’s opted for a series of trite, inspirational ballads that accentuate his “struggle” (of having a paid job with Alicia Keys).
Of the four finalists, Jermaine is the least likely to put out an successful album. His sound is one we’ve heard before. In fact, we heard it in eliminated contestant Jesse Campbell, and in last year’s winner Javier Colon.
In every poll and prediction, we placed Jermaine in the bottom. Last night, Team Christina contestant, Chris Mann, took that spot. Chris had proven himself to be an extremely talented performer who effortlessly moved from genre to genre.
His stint with the Dalton Academy Warblers on Glee and his theme song for Ice Loves Coco and Khloe and Lamar proved that he could move past the opera singer image, but his performances showed that he didn’t have to.
Though we could have seen Chris in the third place spot, his win wouldn’t have been nearly as upsetting as Jermaine’s victory.
Taking the third spot by a quarter of a percent was former Mouseketeer and Team Adam contestant Tony Lucca. If you’d asked us a month ago about Tony, we would have happily put him in fourth place.
But despite his relationship with Christina Aguilera, Tony really proved himself to us with his performances of “How You Like Me Now,” “99 Problems,” and “Yesterday.” His showmanship and creativity not only proved to us that he was meant to be on the show, but also that he could have been a winner to be proud of.
The most shocking loss of all was that of Team Cee Lo’s Juliet Simms. Throughout the show, she had been groomed for the top spot. The judges couldn’t stop singing her praises and constantly noted her as the one to beat.
She seemed unstoppable, so when the least likely contestant stopped her, we were appalled and extremely confused.
Jermaine choked back tears as he sang the most cliche winning song of all time, R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” and we just sat and watched in awe and bewilderment.
Well Jermaine, congrats. We guess if you can see it, you can be it.
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