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Last updated on August 2nd, 2023 at 02:04 am
Since NBC’s vocal competition The Voice premiered on April 26, 2011, the show has crowned 22 up-and-coming young singers as the biggest new voices in music.
The most recent season, The Voice 2022, aired from September 19, 2022 to December 13, 2022. It featured loads of talent from country to pop and everything in between.
Who are The Voice singers in season 22? Which contestant came out on top?
See below for all the info on the battles, the knockouts, and more.
Who Was the Host of The Voice 2022?
American television host Carson Daly returned as host for The Voice 2022.
Daly is best known for being a VJ on MTV’s Total Request Live and multiple other NBC programs, including the late-night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly.
He also hosted specials such as the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show and New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly from Time Square in New York.
Who Were The Voice Coaches in Season 22?
Season 22 of The Voice saw one new coach and three long-time coaches return.
Camila Cabello, a Cuban-born singer and songwriter, made her debut as a coach on the show’s 22nd season following long-time coach Kelly Clarkson’s exit from the show.
It was Cabello’s second appearance on the show overall, having appeared as a battle advisor for John Legend’s team during season 21.
Singer John Legend returned for his seventh consecutive season since starting as a coach in season 16. His only win has come during his debut season with Maelyn Jarmon.
Singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani returned for her sixth season for The Voice 2022.
Stefani’s participation on the show has varied, with her coaching spread over multiple seasons, including seasons 7, 9, 12, 17, 19 (for which she came out on top with Carter Rubin), and 22.
She was also featured as a part-time advisor in seasons 8 and 10.
Country singer Blake Shelton returned for his 22nd season as the only remaining original coach of the show.
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Why isn’t Kelly Clarkson on The Voice?
In May 2022, Kelly Clarkson announced her exit from the high-profile singing competition after serving as a coach for eight consecutive seasons (Season 14-21), winning four of those times.
In September 2022, Clarkson revealed she left the show to spend more time with her kids and work on new projects.
In October 2022, it was announced that Clarkson would return as a coach later this year for Season 23.
Who Served as Battle Advisors on The Voice 2022?
The Voice 2022 battle advisors included R&B and soul singer Jazmine Sullivan for Team Legend, Jamaican rapper Sean Paul for Team Gwen, singer/songwriter Charlie Puth for Team Camila, and country singer Jimmie Allen for Team Blake.
The Voice Cast
Along with the four celebrity coaches, Carson Daly serving as the main host, and the four celebrity battle advisors, several guest celebrity performers made appearances throughout The Voice 2022 live shows.
The season featured collaborative performances between the coaches and their respective teams, as well as many guest performances.
Guest artists included Carly Pearce, OneRepublic, Maluma, Girl Named Tom, Breland, Kane Brown, former The Voice coach four-time winner Kelly Clarkson, and original coach of The Voice Adam Lambert, who served as a coach for the first 16 seasons of the show.
The Voice Contestants
After seven episodes of blind auditions, 56 hopefuls found their spots on the team of one of the four celebrity coaches.
For the next six episodes, singers were ready to battle it out, resulting in triumphs, eliminations, and even some steals.
Three episodes of knockouts followed, further knocking down the talent pool. Four of the Top 16 from each team entered the Live Playoffs, where audiences at home entered the voting process.
Entering the playoffs for Team Legend included Omar Jose Cardona, Kim Cruse, Sasha Hurtado, and Parijita Bastola.
Team Gwen took the field with Kique, Kevin Hawkins, Alyssa Witrado, and Justin Aaron.
Team Camila sent out Morgan Myles, Eric Who, Kate Kalvach, and Devix.
Team Blake suited up Bryce Leatherwood, Rowan Grace, Brayden Lape, and bodie.
As the weeks continued, contestants slowly dwindled to the Top 13, the Top 10, and the Top 8 until the finale week began.
Who Were the Finalists in The Voice 2022?
The two-part finale of The Voice 2022, which aired Monday, December 12, and Tuesday, December 13, saw three out of the four coaches still represented. Team Shelton was on top with three contestants, bodie, Brayden Lape and Bryce Leatherwood, still standing.
Team Camila and Team Legend had one contestant, Morgan Myles and Omar Jose Cardona, respectively. Team Gwen’s final contestant, Justin Aaron, was eliminated during the semi-finals the week prior.
The episode heard performances of songs across all genres, including Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and Queen’s “Somebody to Love.”
Who Won The Voice 2022?
After weeks of competition, Bryce Leatherwood came out on top as the winner of The Voice 2022, securing his coach Blake Shelton’s ninth victory since the show’s beginning.
The 22-year-old Georgia-native country crooner won over the coaches and America when he first stepped on stage for the second episode of blind auditions, where he sang country legend Conway Twitty’s “Goodbye Time.”
In less than a minute, Shelton was hooked, turning his chair around and smiling.
Although fellow coaches Gwen Stefani and John Legend didn’t take long to follow suit, resulting in famous banter among the coaches in hopes of persuading the singers to join their team, Leatherwood didn’t hesitate in picking Shelton.
Throughout the competition, Leatherwood didn’t stray much from his country sound.
During the Battle round, he dominated The Dryes with his flawless performance of country duo Brooks and Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road.”
At the Knockout Round, Leatherwood was up against Jay Allen’s performance of “Prayed for You” and Kate Lavach’s rendition of “Anyone.” He came out on top with Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather.”
Then, it was on to the live shows.
He found himself in jeopardy after the Live Playoffs Round Monday, November 14, when he sang Travis Tritt’s “I’m Gonna Be Somebody.” This landed him as one of the four wildcards to face off on the following night’s episode, Tuesday, November 15.
His performance of Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy” earned him the Instant Save Wildcard vote of the audience over Team Legend’s Sasha Hurtado, Team Gwen’s Kevin Hawkins, and Team Camila’s Kate Kalvach.
For the second round of live shows, where contestants chose “Songs that Changed My Life,” Leatherwood chose George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning.”
His popularity only grew from there, as he earned votes for his performances of Morgan Wallen’s “Sand in My Boots” and Justin Moore’s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” leading him to the finale.
His finale performances Dec. 12-13 included “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” by Travis Tritt, “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley, and a duet of Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone,” which the latter originally recorded with fellow country singer Trace Adkins.
Leatherwood has a business degree from Georgia Southern University, a key piece of knowledge as we’re sure he will have a career in country music to manage sooner rather than later.
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Is Blake leaving The Voice?
In October 2022, Blake Shelton announced via Instagram that The Voice Season 23 would be his last season as a coach on the popular show, for which he has served as a coach from its inception in 2011.
Throughout his 22-season run, Shelton’s team has won a record nine times.
Team Blake first came out on top in Season 2 with Jermaine Paul. That inaugural win was followed up with Cassadee Pope in Season 3, Danielle Bradbery in Season 4, Craig Wayne Boyd in Season 7, Sundance Head in Season 11, Chloe Kohanski in Season 13, Todd Tilghman in Season 18, and Cam Anthony in Season 20. The The Voice 2022’s Bryce Leatherwood brought him his ninth.
Will Shelton sign off as a coach with a staggering ten victories making his streak as the most wins of any coach even harder to beat? Find out March 6 on NBC.
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