The Voice’s winner ironically has trouble speaking, singing during the show’s finale

The Voice ended its disappointing and problematic second season as former backup singer Jermaine Paul won the show’s prize, separated by only four percentage points from runner-up Juliet Simms. Carson Daly only mentioned percentage points instead of actual vote totals, probably because the latter would have been embarrassing.

Just one-quarter of a percentage point separated third-place Tony Lucca (coached away from his New Mickey Mouse Club image by Adam Levine) from fourth place Chris Mann, who coach Christina Aguilera comforted in her bedazzled underwear.

Blake Shelton got his first win for coaching Jermaine, although he forgot to coach him on how to deal with emotion (walking around in circles looking like you’re choking isn’t great TV) or answer questions under pressure, neither of which he’s capable of doing. He also kept interrupting his final song to hug people and just stopped singing. Oh, he did manage to say “nobody but Jesus,” who apparently has more time for other reality shows now that he’s not playing Survivor.

By far the best moment of the long, two-hour finale was this cross-over promotion with NBC’s Parks & Recreation, the network’s best comedy:

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