Few were surprised on Tuesday night when Cassadee Pope, Blake Shelton’s contestant, won Season 3 of “The Voice.” A frontrunner from the beginning, Pope had the experience and cross-genre appeal to charm not only the other coaches, but the viewing public — and, perhaps most importantly, the iTunes buyers.
In the last performance competition round, Pope sang “Over You,” by Miranda Lambert, again. She and Shelton chose Sheryl Crow’s “Steve McQueen” for their duet. For her final performance — and the final performance of the night — Pope sang “Cry” by Faith Hill, once again leaning into the country genre that helped her connect with her audience.
During the finale, Pope had the opportunity to sing with a personal favorite of hers — Avril Lavigne. She’d previously sung Lavigne’s “I’m With You” during the competition. Additionally, she and Terry McDermott, one of the other finalists (also from Team Blake), joined Kelly Clarkson for a rendition of “Catch My Breath.”
Nicholas David, from Team Cee-Lo, was revealed as the third-place finisher, and thus the first eliminated. His coach, Cee-Lo Green, promised him, “I will be with you.” Obviously, that left Scottish rocker McDermott was the runner-up — and two Team Blake artists as the final singers standing.
“I don’t know!” Cassadee laughed when asked how she was feeling. “I’m feeling amazing, thank you for everyone who voted for me and all the fans and Blake, the producers, wardrobe, Carson, the band, and Christina, everybody.”