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'The Voice' crowns a winner: Grand finale live blog

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The Voice US Season 2 Finale - Live

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Well, it's that time again. Tonight, the second season of The Voice comes to an end as a winner is crowned. Adam Levine's contestant Tony Lucca, Christina Aguilera's singer Chris Mann, Cee Lo Green's rocker Juliet Simms and Blake Shelton's crooner Jermaine Paul all went head to head in last night's sing-off and now it's up to America to decide who should come out on top.

Will your favorite make the grade and become the champion or will the results be unexpected? Stay with Digital Spy live from 9/8c to find out!

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22:57Well, that does it for another season of The Voice - to take us out, Jermaine's singing 'I Believe I Can Fly' again. Well, I use the word "sing" lightly, since he's just sobbing and hugging people who have rushed the stage. Admittedly, I am pretty touched that when he does finally begin singing, it's with his wife hugging him and crying into his shoulder. What can I say? I'm a sucker for love.

22:56Jermaine's incredibly emotional (of course) and can't believe he's won - that makes two of us. "I just want to say thank you to everyone that voted for me - all the years that I put in, my wife, my children, DJ Walton, my father, my mother, my mother-in-law. I just want to say thank you got everyone who supported me from day one. God bless y'all. Nobody but Jesus, man! Nobody!" he says.

22:54Jermaine Paul takes the win! Whaaaaat? Definitely didn't see that one coming!

22:54So it's between Juliet Simms and Jermaine Paul - only 4% separated the two of them, so it was pretty close. But it's time to find out the winner...

22:53In third place, it's... Tony Lucca - whoah! That's a shock! I so expected him to be in the top two!

The Voice US Season 2 Finale

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22:53"I want to take this time to thank Cee Lo Green for being badass - I appreciate knowing you. Thank you America, cos I never thought I'd get here. Thank you for helping me get here," Chris says after the announcement.

22:52This race was apparently close - only a quarter of a percentage point separates 4th and 3rd place. But the finalist in 4th place is... Chris Mann. That was to be expected, I think. Well done on him, either way.

22:51"It feels like all of the work I've done up until this point wasn't in vain. My presence here was warranted and I'm beyond grateful to every piece of this puzzle," says Tony.

22:51"I feel like I kind of grew right into my own in front of your eyes," Chris says about his own progression. "Being myself for the first time is the only way to get here, so I'm thankful for that."

Juliet is also proud, adding, "Honestly, you spend so much time practicing your songs for this show, you don't spend time practicing what you would say if you got here. The road - all sacrifices, all the things that my family and loved ones have sacrificed for me to do this... this is my childhood dream and I'm standing here right now."

22:49Right, the finalists are on stage and it's time for results. Jermaine can't even answer what winning would mean to him - he has emotions, guys. He's in touch with his feelings. We get it.

22:44All right, come on, chop chop. It's 10:43 now and we've had exactly 0 results. Can't we at least get rid of one or two of these bozos that are no longer in the running?

22:41Guys, stop the presses - IT'S BIEBER TIMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! (Did I convince you that I care?) He's singing 'Boyfriend' and I can't take this kid seriously. You're not Timberlake. You look like a girl I would have had a crush on when I was 15 and slightly confused about life. But hey, if you like Bieber, let's do this thing! Get wild, Beliebers! Isn't he just the flyest? (Is that how the kids talk these days?)

22:35In case you needed a little more filler with your program, we get to see the Voice finalists get the "rockstar treatment" of walking red carpets and going to an after-party. They each got a car from Kia, too. Hurray! Free stuff!

The Voice US Season 2 Finale

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The Voice US Season 2 Finale

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22:31In more cross-marketing, Kenan Thompson from Saturday Night Live has dressed up like Cee Lo and is doing a rather hilarious impersonation with cats. Did I say "hilarious"? I meant "blah".

22:22For Tony's last performance, he's bringing back Jordis Unga to sing Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way'. I do love Fleetwood Mac, so I can't complain about this song choice.

22:14It's time for another performance - Lady Antebellum is singing 'Wanted You More'. I'm always talking s**t about how I hate country music, but I kinda dig Lady Antebellum. And I love Carrie Underwood's new song. And I was a major fan of Skylar on American Idol. What's happening to me?

22:13Hey, Cee Lo has that freaky cat in his arms. Why is that cat so placid? Has it been given injections? His name is Purrfect, apparently. Cee Lo loves that cat. Blake apparently hates him. So does Adam. I love that they're doing a whole feature on this. Also, Purrfect has a Twitter account, apparently - go look for him, and then follow him, if that's your thing.

22:03Juliet Simms is sharing the stage with Erin Willett, RaeLynn and Jamar Rogers for her final performance. They're singing 'With a Little Help From My Friends'. I don't feel much of anything about this performance, but it could be worse. Not necessarily a ringing endorsement, I know, but yknow.

The Voice US Season 2 Finale

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22:01Aw, look - it's a special cross-branding thing... a Parks and Recreation featurette. Ron's obsessed with his Voice spinning chair and keeps ignoring Leslie and Chris. Andy apparently got the chair off Cee Lo. Leslie has even made a CD that she wants to go to Adam or Blake - she can't quite decide. I love Parks and Rec!

21:53Sera Hill, Kim Yarbrough, Cheesa and Naia Kete are back tonight to sing Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition'. Good song, weird choice, not all that into this.

21:51In case you forgot, the judges were super competitive during the auditions when picking their contestants. Some of the best coach comments are shown in this segment's clip show (groan...).

21:44Oh hey, fun fact - Jermaine, Tony and Chris are singing background on this track. I wonder if Jermaine is having flashbacks! "LOL".

21:42Hall & Oates are singing 'Rich Girl' now - a weird version, mind you, at least in the intro. I think I've told this story before, but when I was a kid, I loved singing this song when it was on the radio because I could sing the 'you're a bitch, girl' line and not get in trouble for it because "it's in the song, Mom!" I was a joy to behold, I assure you. You can rely on the old man's money... ?

21:39The next filler? Blake and Adam's bromance: a clip show. Those two are pretty hilarious, I'll admit. Adam is sorta way too into himself (I could tell you stories!) but he's kind of endearing on this show - at least in the context of his Blake love.

21:38Flo Rida is in the Sprint lounge and Christina wants to know what it felt like to perform 'Whistle'. I'm not sure I care, but I'll tell you how it felt to listen to it: terrible. I did not like it one bit! Ban that song!

The Voice US Season 2 Finale

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The Voice US Season 2 Finale

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21:29Chris Mann gets another performance now, and he's singing The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' with Lindsey Pavao and Katrina Parker. Lindsey, my love! She's back! Has this girl been signed yet? Do I need to Google this? Katrina got quite good, too, but I only have enough love for one person (I'm not a machine, okay?) and Lindsey gets it. Odd song choice, but whatever!

21:21Hey, Flo Rida is up and he IS singing that awful 'Whistle' song. Ugh, it disgusts me. I just can't with this song. It makes me want to say things that are not appropriate for this blog. He's apparently going to sing 'Wild Ones' too, though, and God knows I still love that song, even though I listened to it roughly 45 times on repeat a few weeks ago.

Oh wait, I spoke too soon. I did love this song until Juliet Simms started to singing Sia's part. What the... NO. MAKE IT STOP.

21:19You may not know this about me, but I love bloopers. I think I'm probably the only person who still watches America's Funniest Home Videos and You've Been Framed. I mention this because look, it's a blooper reel! I'm not really laughing, but I know it's supposed to be funny, and that's half the battle.

21:18Guess where we are? THE SPRINT LOUNGEEEEE! Christina Milian has a great black dress on tonight, and James, Pip and Jamar are all there lending their support to Jermaine. Aw, isn't that sweet?

21:10Jamar Rogers, James Massone and Pip are back! They're joining Jermaine Paul for a cover of 'I Want You Back'. Does anyone else laugh every time they see James Massone? He's got that amazing voice but he's like, the sweetest, corniest (in the best way) looking kid in the world. I sorta love him, guys. The performance is all right, too - about standard fare for a singing competition finale evening (a little bit of cheese, a little bit of 'Why?') but not half bad.

21:07The coaches are all spouting their usual "my contestant is amazing, effortless, etc" BS. Oh also, it's a great night, there's great energy, everyone deserves to be there... you get the drift.

21:03In case you forgot, Flo Rida is also "in the house", according to Carson Daly, and Lady Antebellum are here, as well. I swear, if Flo Rida sings that awful 'Whistle' song (we get it - you're talking about oral sex) I'll... well, nothing. I might mute the TV or something, but I'll still be here, because I care about you guys. See how dedicated I am?

In the meantime, how about a nice, lengthy, time-filling recap of last night's events? No? Sorry, we're doing it anyway.

21:01Oh snap, it's time to get real! There are only four contestants left and they all performed last night. Add in a little Bieber, a little Hall & Oates, and we should be outta here in an hour, right? Wrong. We're here for a whole 120 minutes, so get yourself some snacks and get comfortable, 'cos we're in for a long ride.

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