The Voice: Blake Shelton stands by statement Cam Anthony will be show’s first ‘superstar’ on finale


Blake Shelton stood by his statement that Cam Anthony would be the first ‘superstar’ to emerge from The Voice on Monday during the first part of the season 20 finale.

The 44-year-old country star earlier this season made the bold prediction about Cam, 19, of Philadelphia, and the teenager lived up to the hype with a soaring rendition of the Bon Jovi anthem Wanted Dead Or Alive as the final five each performed twice on the NBC show.

‘There is nothing this kid can’t do and I’m super excited to know that I had a little moment in his journey. And I’ll triple down right now, I think Cam is a superstar and I can’t wait to see it happen,’ Blake told the camera.

Bold prediction: Blake Shelton stood by his statement that Cam Anthony would be the first ‘superstar’ to emerge from The Voice on Monday during the first part of the season 20 finale

Cam revealed that he used to sing the Bon Jovi song with his family while playing the Rock Band video game.

‘I’ve been thinking of those moments where I got the mic and I’m leaning into my mom and we’re singing the lyrics together. Just like my entire family we would literally rock out to this song,’ Cam said.

Blake joked during rehearsal that he would set the building on fire if Cam didn’t win The Voice.

Cam with a comb sticking out of his full afro wore an all-black outfit while belting out Wanted Dead Or Alive and earned a standing ovation from Blake as well as fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson, 39, John Legend, 42, and 28-year-old Nick Jonas.

Talented teenaer: Cam, 19, of Philadelphia, performed Stand Up by Cynthia Erivo in an all-white outfit followed by a soaring rendition of the Bon Jovi anthem Wanted Dead Or Alive

Talented teenaer: Cam, 19, of Philadelphia, performed Stand Up by Cynthia Erivo in an all-white outfit followed by a soaring rendition of the Bon Jovi anthem Wanted Dead Or Alive

Rocking out: Cam revealed that he used to sing the Bon Jovi song with his family while playing the Rock Band video game and looked at ease belting out the song

Rocking out: Cam revealed that he used to sing the Bon Jovi song with his family while playing the Rock Band video game and looked at ease belting out the song

Kelly afterward admitted she was surprised by his song choice and told Cam that was a ‘unique talent’ who could conquer the music industry as well as other arts such as acting.

Blake confirmed to Cam that the other coaches were shocked by his song choice during the commercial break, but he confirmed it and also informed them that it was Cam’s idea.

‘I gotta say, there are people who are born with talent and then there are people who are born with whatever it is you were born with, which is, we don’t see it that often, man. We all know what we’re witnessing here. Congratulations, Cam, you’re a star, man. Congratulations,’ Blake told him.

The coaches: Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas and Blake watched as the final five performed twice during the two-hour episode

The coaches: Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Nick Jonas and Blake watched as the final five performed twice during the two-hour episode

Cam earlier performed Stand Up by Cynthia Erivo in an all-white outfit with backup dancers in red sweatsuits right after Blake was honored for being a mentor for 10 years on The Voice since its premiere in April 2011.

Blake’s fiancee Gwen Stefani, 51, introduced the package that featured the country star’s former singers thanking him for changing their lives.

John heaped praise on Cam after his rendition of Stand Up for having the required ingredients of talent, professionalism and ability to be a superstar artist.

Stage presence: Cam commanded the stage while performing Stand Up

Stage presence: Cam commanded the stage while performing Stand Up

Multiple talents: The singer also showed off some nifty dance moves while performing

Multiple talents: The singer also showed off some nifty dance moves while performing

‘You really have it. You have all of it,’ John assured him.

Blake then commented on Cam’s performance.

‘I want to try to be serious for a second and not joke around because this is a big deal. Imagine how I feel after they just ran that package of being on the show for 20 seasons,’ Blake said.

High praise: John heaped praise on Cam after his rendition of Stand Up for having the required ingredients of talent, professionalism and ability to be a superstar artist

High praise: John heaped praise on Cam after his rendition of Stand Up for having the required ingredients of talent, professionalism and ability to be a superstar artist

Ten years: Blake was honored for being a mentor for 10 years on The Voice since its premiere in April 2011

Ten years: Blake was honored for being a mentor for 10 years on The Voice since its premiere in April 2011

‘And on the 20th season, God put this young man in my life here on The Voice that may change everything for this show. I do believe that. And I want people to know that the only thing bigger than Cam’s talent is his heart and his mind. You just saw it there on the stage,’ Blake said as he congratulated Cam.

The first part of the two-part season finale hosted by Carson Daly, 47, featured finalists Cam, Kenzie Wheeler, 23, Jordan Matthew Young, 35, Rachel Mac, 16, and Victor Solomon, 22, performing a dedication song as well as an up-tempo song to showcase their ability.

Kenzie opened up with Heartland by George Strait and the mullet-wearing country singer delivered for his coach Kelly.

First up: Kenzie Wheeler opened up with Heartland by George Strait and the mullet-wearing country singer delivered for his coach Kelly

First up: Kenzie Wheeler opened up with Heartland by George Strait and the mullet-wearing country singer delivered for his coach Kelly

The Dover, Florida native later dedicated his second song to his hometown and performed the country hit The Keeper Of The Stars.

John’s singer Victor first performed the Bonnie Raitt song I Can’t Make You Love Me before ending the two-hour show with a stirring rendition of Freedom by Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar.

Jordan Matthew Young of Blake’s team continued to show his range by performing Key To The Highway by BB King and Eric Clapton followed by the Rihanna song Stay.

Powerful singer: John's singer Victor Solomon first performed the Bonnie Raitt song I Can't Make You Love Me

Powerful singer: John’s singer Victor Solomon first performed the Bonnie Raitt song I Can’t Make You Love Me

Big ending: Victor ended the two-hour show with a stirring rendition of Freedom by Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar with a large US flag backdrop

Big ending: Victor ended the two-hour show with a stirring rendition of Freedom by Beyonce featuring Kendrick Lamar with a large US flag backdrop

Wide range: Jordan Matthew Young of Blake's team continued to show his range by performing Key To The Highway by BB King and Eric Clapton followed by the Rihanna song Stay

Wide range: Jordan Matthew Young of Blake’s team continued to show his range by performing Key To The Highway by BB King and Eric Clapton followed by the Rihanna song Stay

Rachel dedicated her performance of the Lee Ann Womack song Hope You Dance to her nephew and impressed her coach Nick.

‘Sixteen, the only female still in this competition and a one-chair turn. And you got up there and gave one of your best performances this entire journey. And your dedication nearly made me cry, I’m not going to lie. You have so much depth as an artist, as a person. You work so hard. I am so proud to be your coach and I’m so proud to have been able to go on this journey with you and watch you grow into a superstar. I think America probably feels the same way right now after watching that performance,’ Nick said.

Rachel later returned and performed the Fleetwood Mac song The Chain

Young singer: Rachel Mac, 16, dedicated her performance of the Lee Ann Womack song Hope You Dance to her nephew and impressed her coach Nick

Young singer: Rachel Mac, 16, dedicated her performance of the Lee Ann Womack song Hope You Dance to her nephew and impressed her coach Nick

Best yet: 'Sixteen, the only female still in this competition and a one-chair turn. And you got up there and gave one of your best performances this entire journey,' Nick told Rachel

Best yet: ‘Sixteen, the only female still in this competition and a one-chair turn. And you got up there and gave one of your best performances this entire journey,’ Nick told Rachel

Blake who has won The Voice a leading seven times also performed his new song Minimum Wage.

The Voice will return Tuesday on NBC for the second part of the finale when the results of viewer voting will be announced and a champion will be named.

The two-hour finale also will feature performances by former coach Adam Levin, 42, with Maroon 5, season mentor Snoop Dogg, fill-in coach Kelsea Ballerini, Justin Bieber, Saweetie and Gwen.

Live finale: Kelly looked gorgeous in a long red gown during the first part of the season finale

Live finale: Kelly looked gorgeous in a long red gown during the first part of the season finale



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