Cassadee Pope

Meet the first female winner of "The Voice." (NBC / December 19, 2012)

Kelly Clarkson -- Team Blake guest mentor and living proof of reality-show-success --sang her new song "Catch My Breath" with Cassadee and Terry, and this may be an odd thing to say, but I was just really caught up in the joy that was on stage in those moments. Hard to explain, but no less real.

Oh, also:

Rihanna sang "Diamonds" (without any contestants) and while I dislike her on principle, darn this song is pretty.

Bruno Mars showed up to sing "When I Was Your Man," (also without any contestants) and I'm sorry, the appeal of this man is still lost on me.

The final leftover thoughts of the season:

As if we hadn't gotten over the glory of Adam Levine in a suit, the man just upped the game with the bowtie. Rejoice.

Cee Lo Santa gave all the finalists new cars. Because one "The Price Is Right" is just clearly not enough for television.

Coach Montages:

Each coach got their special b-roll of what the other coaches think of them.


For Adam: Both Christina and Blake likened him to Dick Van Dyke's character in "Mary Poppins," who can play 17 instruments at once, all strapped to his body.

For Blake, of "The Flirt of the Decade": "He's even got a crush on Michael Buble."

For Cee Lo: According to Blake, "When God made Cee Lo, he broke the mold."

For Birthday Girl Christina: "She laughs with her whole being," Adam said, followed by a montage of Christina laughing. Man has a point.

Preview of next season, without Christina and Cee Lo, but with Shakira and Usher:

In a pick-em-up truck, "Voice" chair in the bed, Adam and Blake give a ride to Usher and Shakira, arguing about what radio station to play. Until "Total Eclipse of the Heart" comes on, and they all hem and haw about maybe changing the channel. Shortly, they're all singing along shamelessly. This is good, because: who hasn't experienced this exact moment in a car with friends? (The next season premieres March 25, BTW.)

When asked what winning "The Voice" would mean to them:

Nicholas: "I could get out of witness protection and get rid of this beard."

Terry: "I could signal the Scottish Force for the invasion. Phase 1 is complete."

Cee Lo: "I could quit my second career as a male exotic dancer."


The last performance of the night, complete with photo montage (of COURSE) was the four coaches singing "(Good Riddance) Time of Your Life," and good Lord, it's perfection how four completely different voices could come together in such beauty. It was a fitting end to the best season yet, and with all the nostalgia of everyone's high school Homecoming/Prom/Graduation song, a fitting send-off.