Blake Shelton was poised to win The Voice for a record 10th time as his singers Grace West and Noivas on Monday delivered stellar live finale performances.
The 46-year-old country star previously announced that season 23 of The Voice would be his last after serving as a coach since the show premiered on NBC in April 2011.
Blake went into the two-hour finale with an extra singer as Kelly Clarkson, 41, and new coaches Niall Horan, 29, and Chance The Rapper, 30, each only had one act remaining in the competition.
Show host Carson Daly, 49, asked Blake how he was feeling during his last week ever on The Voice.
‘I’m trying to take this in. I mean, it’s crazy. I do want America to know and the people that vote on this show that the other three coaches have ruined this experience for me,’ Blake joked. ‘Keep that in mind when you’re voting tonight…’
Final season: Blake Shelton was poised to win The Voice for a record 10th time as his singers Grace West and Noivas on Monday delivered stellar live finale performances
‘Not a congratulation or a high five, no gifts or anything. …It’s almost like this isn’t happening,’ Blake continued.
‘You’re such a liar,’ Kelly playfully protested.
The five finalists were tasked with singing an up-tempo song and a ballad during the two-hour finale and Grace, 19, of Canton, Michigan, opened the show with a strong rendition of The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia.
Grace during rehearsal was asked what it meant to be on Blake’s last team.
‘It has meant the absolute world to me and for your last season, being the last person you turned your chair for, the last country artist. It’s weird. It’s creeping me out a little but, but it’s so cool,’ Grace said.
Grace picked the Reba McEntire version of The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia and Blake praised her choosing a song by the upcoming new coach on The Voice.
‘Grace is only 19 years old, but I don’t know that I worked with a country singer any better,’ Blake said.
After rehearsal he said that Grace could be the last person to win for Team Blake.
Talented teenager: Grace, 19, of Canton, Michigan, performed a ballad and an up-tempo song during the two-hour show on NBC
Texas singer: Noivas, 30, from Jasper, Texas, took on a Chris Stapleton song for his country coach Blake
Red outfit: Grace opened the show with a strong rendition of The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia wearing a stylish all-red outfit
Full circle: Blake has won The Voice a record nine times and was looking to win again in his final season
‘I mean, it’s that close to being a full circle perfect moment on this show for me,’ Blake said.
Grace wore a fiery red outfit while performing and Kely praised her ‘really pretty falsetto’.
Blake told her that her live performance was ‘just incredible’.
Grace for her ballad performed the country song She’s Got You by Patsy Cline that showcased her pleasant tone and soaring vocal ability.
Blake afterward said it felt as if the finale had just broken out despite the show being at the halfway point.
‘I’ve been sitting here watching all this tonight and, man, everybody sounds really good. Everybody is great. How is anybody going to pick? Then you just did that. And now people are starting to pick out there. That was unbelievable, Grace. Congratulations,’ Blake said.
Blake was on his feet after his finalist Noivas, 30, who he stole earlier this season, delivered a unique rendition of the Chris Stapleton song Cold and told him that he ‘killed it’.
The soulful pop singer from Texas for his up-tempo song picked Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz.
Rocking out: Noivas, the soulful pop singer from Texas, for his up-tempo song picked Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz and rocked out on the stage
‘This process has been life changing. Blake has helped unlock something in me that has allowed me to go to that next level. I want to help bring home this last trophy for Blake,’ Noivas said.
Blake had high praise for Noivas after his rocking performance.
‘Congratulations, dude. You said you were going to do this you did it you killed it. Congratulations,’ Blake said.
New coach Niall also got strong performances from his finalist Gina Miles, 18, of Paxton, Illinois.
Gina swung for the fences choosing the Taylor Swift song Style for her up-tempo song and the Sinead O’Connor song Nothing Compares 2 U.
‘I’m so proud of you that was absolutely incredible. So glad we chose that song to send you out before the votes open up. That was a special moment on The Voice for me. I won’t be forgetting that one any time soon,’ Niall said after Gina finished the show with a flawless rendition of Nothing Compares 2 U.
Niall said that Gina had ‘something special’ as he urged viewers to vote for her.
Kelly also was pleased with her finalist D. Smooth who sang What You Won’t Do For Love for his up-tempo song and My, My, My for his ballad.
New coach: New coach Niall also got strong performances from his finalist Gina Miles, 18, of Paxton, Illinois
Pop song: Gina swung for the fences choosing the Taylor Swift song Style for her up-tempo number
Challenging song: The teenager also took on the challenging Sinead O’Connor song Nothing Compares 2 U and nailed it
Killed it: Kelly also was pleased with her finalist D. Smooth who sang What You Won’t Do For Love for his up-tempo song and My, My, My for his ballad
Singing sisters: The sister trio Sorelle sang Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for their up-tempo song and the Lady Gaga song Million Reasons for their ballad
Chance was represented by the sister trio Sorelle who sang Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for their up-tempo song and the Lady Gaga song Million Reasons for their ballad.
The finale episode also featured a performance by Alex Newell, 30, who sang Independently Owned from the Tony-nominated show Shucked.
Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi, 26, also performed his hit new song Wish You The Best.
The Voice will return on Tuesday with the results of viewer voting, the crowning of the season 23 champion and a farewell to Blake.