The celebration continued behind the scenes with adorable interactions
Jordan Smith’s victory and several star-studded performances made The Voice‘s season 9 finale must-see TV – and the excitement continued off camera.
Kicking off the two-hour live show on a fun note, The Voice coaches – Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Pharrell – shared a quick toast to celebrate what might be their last season together in the near future. (That might change if Shelton wins his cute bid to have girlfriend Stefani return for the tenth season next year.)
Gathered closely together near their famous red swivel chairs, the four coaches held up glasses before taking a shot that had Pharrell making an epic facial expression and Stefani shaking her head with a smile.
But Shelton also showed strong affection for someone else: Usher, who took a break from the coaches’ panel this season. Following the crooner’s duet with winner Smith on his hit “Without You,” Usher walked off stage to greet each of the coaches. Without hesitation, Shelton embraced the singer with a giant hug and friendly kisses.
However, Shelton was quick to bring his attention back to Stefani. As host Carson Daly pointed out during the broadcast, the “Used to Love You” singer went all out for her last night, making a total of four outfit changes. Shelton was sure to take note. After her final change, the country superstar walked over to Stefani’s chair and looked her up and down in admiration, pointing to her ensemble. This season’s chemistry is one of the reasons why it has been so special to Shelton.
“I’ll tell you one of the things for me personally is getting back to this particular combination of coaches,” he said in a press conference earlier this week. “There’s something to be said about every combination … But there’s something about this one that is a standout to me because there’s just so much history here with these four coaches. You can’t fake that. There’s friendships that go way back.”
Shelton continued, “When you get to work with your friends … who gets to do that? It’s pretty cool.”