Two weeks ago, Blake Shelton made the audacious yet entirely credible prediction that his Season 20 contestant, soul/pop wunderkind Cam Anthony, would become the “first superstar” launched by The Voice in all of its 10 years on the air.
And as the 19-year-old phenomenon sang one last time for America’s votes Monday, giving it his all, he still seemed to be on a fast track to the winner’s circle, with Blake proudly musing, “To be here for 20 seasons… and in the 20th season, God put this young man in my life, on The Voice, that may change everything for this show. I do believe that.”
But then John Legend’s finalist, gospel-crossover powerhouse Victor Solomon, came blazing out of nowhere, spectacularly closing the night — and he changed everything, with John describing his octave-hopping, jaw-dropping tour de force of Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar’s “Freedom” as “the best performance I have witnessed on this stage.”
Cam could very well still win on Tuesday’s finale, or maybe Victor will put off an upset, but one thing was certain Monday: Two superstars were launched this historic evening. These showman delivered two of the greatest Voice moments of the past decade, just when I thought this series had gotten so stale that not even recruiting new coach Ariana Grande could revive it.