from the blind auditions on NBC's The Voice, I've preferred Josh Kaufman, but, as I said in an earlier post, I honestly thought the younger demographic of The Voice would select Christina Grimme. The voters proved me wrong, however. They chose Josh, and that was fine by me. When Carson Daily announced Josh as the winner, I applauded in my living room.
Josh's coach was Usher, so this win breaks Blake Shelton and Adam Levine's streak of alternating championships. The most charming element of Josh's story on the show is that Adam cut him during the Battle Rounds, so Usher stole him. He should have been with Usher all along, in my opinion, because Josh Kaufman is a soul singer.
While he deserved to win, it's possible a technical problem at iTunes helped Josh. Due to a glitch with the online music store, his rendition of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" was not available for purchase, so to be fair, the show's producers tossed out all of the contestant's iTunes sales for the finale. Those weighted votes were not counted.
Below these last paragraphs, I've posted video of Josh's performance of Adele's song in the finale. And below that video I've posted his performance of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and his duet with Robin Thicke singing "Get Her Back," from tonight's show. That duet was much better than his duet with his coach, Usher, last night of "Every Breath You Take."
As for Grimme, who came in third, and Jake Worthington, who came in second, they're also set career wise for now. Adam said that he will sign Grimme to his label, and Blake will probably open doors for Worthington as he has for some of his other contestants.
Josh Kaufman sings "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"
Josh Kaufman sings duet with Robin Thicke, "Get Her Back."