By Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo Music | “Blake vs. Gwen! How will it end?” John Legend gasped during the last few minutes of Tuesday’s The Voice finale. Team Legend’s contestant, John Holiday, had already placed fifth, followed by Team Kelly’s DeSz in fourth place and Team Blake’s Ian Flanigan in third. That left Blake Shelton’s other top five finalist, country-rock troubadour Jim Ranger, standing onstage with Team Gwen’s teen prodigy Carter Rubin, waiting for host Carson Daly to announce the winner of Season 19.
This meant that Blake, the series’ winningest coach (with seven victories) and the only coach to appear on all 19 seasons, was competing against his fiancé, Gwen Stefani, who’d previously only made it to the finale twice, both times coming in fourth (with Jeffery Austin in Season 9 and Rose Short in Season 17). But Voice history was made Tuesday, when Gwen won for the first time in her five seasons. Additionally, Carter, who was 14 years old when he auditioned and just turned 15 last month, became the series’ youngest male champion.
Usually Blake is hyper-competitive on The Voice — we all recall his fierce rivalry with original coach Adam Levine — but he seemed more than delighted to concede this onscreen victory to his offscreen love interest. He didn’t even seem jealous when Carter took his regular place in an adorable duet performance of Gwen’s holiday hit “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”
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