The Voice finale kicked off with a bang on Monday evening as 15-year-year old Carter Rubin took the stage to deliver an incredible rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”
Rubin, who is the last contestant remaining on Team Gwen, reflected on his Voice journey prior to his performance and thanked coach Gwen Stefani for standing by his side along the way.
“It’s not about the endpoint, it’s about the journey getting there,” Rubin said of the advice Stefani gave him during the season, adding, “This has been the time of my life.”
Stefani, who is preparing to wrap her fifth season as a coach on the popular singing competition, told him, “You might be the reason I win for the first time.”
Rubin took the stage to perform “The Climb” while backed by a full band and was surrounded by giant fluffy clouds as fog rose from the stage.
His stunning performance received a standing ovation from Stefani and Blake Shelton.
“Carter, I gotta say, even though I’m supposed to be your competition over here, I’ve never felt that way,” Shelton shared. “This has been a tough year for everybody in the world and to be able to end this year and sit in this chair and listen to somebody with your talent, your heart…I’m a fan man.”
Stefani, who was often moved to tears over Rubin’s performances, told him, “My heart is still beating out of my chest with nerves…you’re unbelievable, you’re just so calm and it feels like you’re just meant to be doing this.”
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