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Reba McEntire’s Favorite Song Surprise and THE VOICE Season 24 Finale Winner Revealed!

Pictured: Ruby Leigh, Huntley --- Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

“The Voice” season 24 finale featured a Top 5 who are the most four-chair-turn contestants in one season. The Top 5 represent each coach except for one, Gwen Stefani, who lost her spot in the Finale after the elimination of artists Kara Tanae, and then Bias.  The artists who moved on to “The Voice” finale are: Jacquie Roar and Ruby Leigh from Team Reba; Huntley and Mara Justine from Team Niall, and Lila Ford representing Team Legend.

Monday night’s performance show had a special performance from Season 22 winner Bryce Leatherwood who was on Team Blake.  The finalists performed twice – a ballad and an up-tempo.  First up was Jacquie Roar from Team Reba.   Jacquie’s daughter is a big Gwen Stefani which was how she landed on Team Gwen during the Blinds.  Then she was later stolen by Team Reba.


Jacquie said she was singing her way to a “yes.”  She chose “More Than a Feeling” by Boston for her up-tempo song.  Jacquie’s second song was “Nights in White Satin”  by The Moody Blues. She really belted it out on this one, making it a similar performance that landed Jacquie in the bottom last week.  Gwen said “it was great and got better and better.”  Gwen was “amazed.”  Reba called Jacquie “a force of nature,” and hoped she didn’t get emotional from her kids’ message before her performance. Jacquie said she did!  Reba stated that she was emotional enough for both of them.

Pictured: Jacquie Roar — Photo by: Griffin Nagel/NBC

Gwen said “it’s a weird feeling” for her to be there with Jacquie after she said “yes” to her and Gwen said “no” by not keeping Jacquie in the Battles.  Reba said they say go big or go home.  GIRL, you went big!”

Lila Ford from Team Legend had a surprise visit from her mom who introduced Lila to her finale song, “The Weight” by The Band.  Gwen reacted that there’s “so much confidence, it’s so easy for you…adding the audience and the love you just get better and better.”  Gwen stated that she’s rooting for Lila.  Her coach John Legend told her,  “You add so much individuality and authenticity to everything you do,” and she’s showing all the sides of her.

Lila said going with John in the Blinds “was a perfect fit.”  John told her he knew it was her playing the piano during the Blinds and not the band, because it sounded like an artist playing.  John said being able to be yourself is a powerful trait.  Lila’s second song was “Across the Universe” which she performed in her folk song style.   John said Lila has a lane all her own.   John called it the perfect song for her journey and she should win “The Voice.”  John called her performance magical, and it was so her.  

Mara Justine from Team Niall sang “Beyond the Yellow Brick Row” in the Binds to get her four-chair-turn.  It was during the Knockouts when Niall gained Mara on his Team away from Team Legend.  Mara said Niall believing in her helped her believe in herself.   Mara sang her ballad choice first.   Former coach John said “so many regrets over here” and “we saw a different side” of her voice.  He called her performance “beautiful and powerful.”  John was “so impressed.”  Her coach Niall Horan stated that he was so proud of her. “That was a big, big ‘Voice moment,” and thinks she’ll win.

Mara sang “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin for her second up-tempo song.   Reba said she loves “so much” that Mara’s smile is “so confident” and mischievous at the same time.  Niall reacted “wow, wow, wow” and “it’s out of the stratosphere.”  He called it the perfect song for this exact moment.

Huntley received some words of encouragement from his mom and kids before his Finale performance.  Huntley got choked up by it. He said “they know how long I’ve been chasing this for.”  His voice sounded similar to Meatloaf as he sang “Way Down We Go” for his ballad song.  Gwen reacted that she loved watching him get emotional and he’s “so effortless.”  If she had the gift that he has, she understands why he chases the dream “so hard.”  Coach Niall said “it’s so hard to do every week” to show a different side to him each week. Huntley closed out Monday’s performance finale show with his second song. 

“The Voice” season 22 winner Bryce Leatherwood returned to sing “The Finger.” 

The youngest in the competition, Ruby Leigh, said she had a tough decision after her four-chair-turn, “but it wasn’t that tough.”  Reba called Ruby the “perfect package.” Reba told Ruby that what sets her apart is that she’s a stylist.  A past experience that Ruby revealed was that after being in a tornado, her and her family lost everything.  After that she decided that she wanted to sing.  It was that experience that Ruby tapped into while singing her Play Offs song.  Ruby sang “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis for her Finale song.  Reba advised Ruby to add “some fireworks” to the performance…”because this is the finale!” 

Pictured: Ruby Leigh Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

The show “Vegas’ed” it up for Ruby’s finale uptempo performance by providing a a glitzy backdrop. John said her voice has so much “maturity and power.”  He called her remarkable at her young age.  Her coach Reba McEntire said she’s amazing every time she goes on the stage and she “Rubized it.”  Reba also complimented Ruby’s trip down the stairs without falling.  Ruby’s second song was a ballad,  “Desperado.”  Gwen said everything about her performance was “so stunning.” Reba told Ruby that she knows what she can do and she does it “so well.”

Team Niall’s Huntley, who is the only remaining male artist in the finale, closed out Monday night’s show.  It was Huntley’s daughter that chose his coach, Niall.  He sang “Higher” song by Creed for his Finale performance.  Niall said the music industry is “ripe” for a big, rock voice like Huntley, and this song is having a “massive moment,” stated Niall.    Huntley did NOT disappoint, giving a rock star performance against a backdrop of fire and on a rising platform.

Pictured: Huntley — Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Gwen said the details of what he does, people out there don’t understand how good Huntley is.  John said Huntley is “beyond this show.”  He’s flabbergasted how Huntley received so many “nos” in his career.  Niall told him he’s so proud and called his performance “euphoric.” 



Tuesday’s “The Voice” finale show opened with a pink number that looked much like a Grammy performance that combined pro-Grammy show like performances from this season’s past artists – Nini Iris, Azan, Mac Royals, and Jordan Rainer.

Next, Huntley and his coach Niall Horan performed Bob Dylan’s version of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”  Jacquie chose “No One Else on Earth” by Wynonna Judd to sing with her coach Reba McEntire.  Jacquie said she chose the song because she was curious about her and Reba’s harmonies.

Pictured: (l-r) Niall Horan, Mara Justine — Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

Also part of the finale show was a hilarious Holiday skit featuring coaches Niall Horan and John Legend competing with Holiday lawn ornaments which resulted in a world wide black-out.! Lol!   A performance by next season’s first duo coaches Dan + Shay

Keith Urban gave a stellar acoustic performance of him singing “Blue Ain’t Your Color” with just his electric guitar on “The Voice” stage.  More special guest performance came from Teddy Swims…Earth, Wind and Fire, AJR. Then there was Tyla who actually got water poured onto her while singing her hit song “Water.”

The next artist and coach performance was from Niall Horan and Mara Justine who performed “Wasted Time” by The Eagles.  Mara, who previously sang with coach John Legend during her Blind Audition and later Stolen by Niall, said she had hoped to make it to the Finale so she could sing this song with Niall.  Mara chose the song because it’s her Mom’s favorite. 

John Legend and his team member Lila Ford sang “Sleigh Ride” by Ella Fitzgerald on a heavily Holiday decorated stage with gift boxes and red curtains.  Some live trumpeting was added in by a trumpet player, no, not John Legend.  But, surprisingly, neither Lila nor John was playing on a piano, though both of them share the love of the piano.

The next special guest performance ended in a ‘Voice first!  Tyla, South African singer, got wet for real on stage (on purpose) as part of her show at the end of her performance of her song “Water” as real water fell down on her!

Pictured: Tyla — Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC

Ruby Leigh and her coach Reba McEntire sang “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”  One of the best selling artists of all time closed out the performances of the finale show – Earth, Wind and Fire who sang a medley of their greatest hits.



In a fun compilation of the coaches this season, Reba revealed that she’s a fan of Sir-Mix-Alot’s “Baby Got Back” song.  LOL!


The Top five came out on stage to hear the first of the results.  Mara said Niall’s mentorship has meant everything to her and he’s brought out her inner child.  Huntley said taking time and learning about the song is what he took away from working with his coach Niall Horan.  Lila Ford thanked John Legend for “being so real” with her and his honesty and integrity. She also said they have become friends.

Pictured: Ruby Leigh, Huntley — Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC

The artist in fifth place was Lila Ford.  The next artist’s name called was Jacquie Roar taking the fourth place spot.  The artist announced in third place was Mara Justine.  Then it was down to Team Reba vs. Team Niall with Ruby Leigh and Huntley.

Before “The Voice” season 24 winner was announced, Niall said the levels of their consistency on the show has been ridiculous and they both deserve to be “saddled up there.” 

THE VOICE 24 WINNER IS — HUNTLEY (Team Niall)!!  Nial Horan has won “The Voice” two seasons in a row!

Pictured: (l-r) Huntley, Niall Horan — Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC





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