Was there every any doubt Jordan Smith would take home the crown on NBC's The Voice this season? The 22-year-old Kentuckian, who learned the ropes singing at his Harlan County church, was declared the winner on the second of a two-episode season finale.
Smith, who was coached by Adam Levine, on Monday scored the Nos.1 and 3 hits on iTunes with a rousing — some would say bombastic — performance of The Sound of Music's "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" and a soulful rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?" The latter song won him standing O's from all four judges. Pharrell Williams, who didn't have a contestant in the finals, Monday said he hoped Smith would be able to stick to his artistic integrity. "My greatest hope for you is that [your] dream is realized, but in the proper way," said Williams. "You know, not becoming something else, not chart-chasing."
Smith's closest rival, Tennessee country singer Emily Ann Roberts, 17, from Blake Shelton's team, also had a strong finale performance Monday with Cam's ballad "Burning House" and Elvis' "Blue Christmas," which landed at Nos. 2 and 13, respectively.
The remaining top finalists this season were Barrett Baber of Team Blake, who sang Thomas Rhett's "Die a Happy Man" as his main final song, and Jeffery Austin from Gwen Stefani's team, who went with Sugarland's "Stay."