The latest season of “The Voice” is finished. The winner is 26-year-old Maelyn Jarmon. Season 16 of the performance show was the first one featuring singer John Legend. Jarmon’s win was also a win for Legend, who was her coach.
Season 16 found a lot of the changes on “The Voice” still playing pivotal roles in keeping the performance show engaging. The “save” and “steal” features, the overall diversity of artists – – including groups, and now the writing and performing of original songs, just changed the dynamics of the show even more. With the addition of the original song, the contestants are going above and beyond cover songs, but are actually expressing themselves.
For her part, Jarmon is lauded in media outlets for singing a range of songs. Included in her repertoire on the show were songs like “The Scientist” by Coldplay and “Mad World” by Tears for Fears.
John Legend, coach
Just like his public persona, Legend is a nice guy on “The Voice.” His willingness to put positive spins on almost every performance was a nice touch. Also, the singer seemed to exude genuine warmth and his authentic desire for performers to do well seemed to radiate from him.
Legend’s persona was different from that of the well-intentioned juvenilia of Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. As the longtime rivalry between Shelton and Levine continued, Legend shifted the dynamics a bit. Shelton, for one, managed to give Legend a hard time when Legend claimed to have country roots from having grown up in rural Ohio. Shelton scoffed at the idea with one of his characteristic jokes. The moment might have allowed Legend to be seen as “one of the guys” by some viewers.
Legend’s strategy for winning “The Voice” seemed to simply involve choosing the singers he believed in. His instincts paid off for his first season at least.
Jarmon’s win may have been predicted from the success she experienced with her iTunes singles. Her cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” reached No. 1; her original song, “Wait For You” went to No. 4, and her duet with Legend reached No. 8.
With Jarmon as this season’s winner, there seems little to no controversy about her triumph. Online commentary point to Jarmon’s consistency in terms of being on-pitch and in general performing well at every opportunity.
The positive notes achieved for “The Voice” might help viewers be more receptive to NBC’s newest music show, “Songland.”