Never underestimate the power of the country vote on “The Voice.” In what may be considered an upset victory, Craig Wayne Boyd carried off the Season 7 crown on Tuesday night’s finale results show.
If Boyd’s big win didn’t come as a surprise to you, it certainly seemed to do so to Adam Levine, who had practically anointed his own contestant, Matt McAndrew, on Monday’s performance show, saying at one point that the shaggy-haired, bespectacled contestant was “not even done winning yet.”
A tattoo artist somewhere may have already been readying his equipment to check the empty box on McAndrew’s forearm, which the singer had vowed to complete when he nabbed a record contract, but the arm tat will have to wait – at least for today.
As it turns out, it was Boyd, the sole member of Blake Shelton’s team to make the finale, who wasn’t yet done winning.
On Tuesday night -- after a two-hour finale featuring all manner of performances by current and past contestants, coaches, and visiting talent including Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, Hozier and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with whom Boyd shared the stage, as well as years of setbacks trying to make it in Nashville -- the hard-working singer, songwriter and single dad nabbed the win and the recording contract that comes with it.
It was for Boyd, and no other contestant, that the confetti scattered and swirled. He was the singer wiping away grateful tears, kissing his loved ones and trying his best to sing the original song, “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face,” that had helped to get him there.
Of course, the victory was also a coup for Shelton, who had faced tough odds, with only one contestant in the running against Levine’s solid three, headed into this week. And Gwen Stefani, who had saved Boyd after Shelton tried to send him home earlier in the competition and given him a makeover, only to return him to his original coach, shares bragging rights for Boyd’s triumph too.
Shelton had expressed assurance ahead of Monday night’s show, saying he always liked “an underdog.” But by Tuesday night, he seemed to be feeling less certain.
“I don’t know how much confidence I have. I feel like Craig did everything he could possibly do to win this thing,” Shelton said under questioning by Carson Daly. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.” He confessed to some serious nerves.
Ultimately, of course, he needn’t have worried. Levine may have had three extremely talented singers in the running, McAndrew, Chris Jamison and Damien, who came in second, third and fourth, respectively, but Shelton had the country vote – and Boyd had no competition for it.
At the end of the day, it was Levine who was compelled to concede the competition to his archrival and best bud with a big bromantic hug. And it was Craig Wayne Boyd who had a smile on his face.