The Voice

Congratulations! Chris Sebastian wins The Voice

After a close race, the Team Kelly artist came out on top!

By Erin Doyle
Congratulations are in order for Chris Sebastian who has won The Voice season nine!
Thanks to the win, the talented artist scored a $100,000 cash prize and recording contract with EMI Music.
Team Guy's Johnny Manuel, Team George's Siala Robson, Team Delta's Stellar Perry and Team Kelly's Chris had faced off in the finale in a last-ditch bid for victory.
Unlike previous years, The Voice finale was pre-recorded and filmed without a studio audience after restrictions were put in place due to the coronavirus crisis.
Chris Sebastian won The Voice season nine on Sunday night. Image: Channel Nine
Siala Robson, Chris Sebastian, Johnny Manuel and Stellar Perry sang their hearts out in the finale. Image: Channel Nine
International coaches Kelly Rowland and Boy George were unable to return to Sydney for the finale due to the travel bans.
But in a touching moment, Delta Goodrem's boyfriend Matthew Copley made a rare appearance side by side with his girlfriend playing guitar as she performed her new single Paralyzed.
Delta Goodrem's boyfriend Matthew Copley (pictured) made a rare appearance alongside her as they performed her new single Paralysed. Image: Instagram
Voting was open to the public right up until after each of the artist's final performances, but due to the show being pre-recorded, four different versions of the winning scenes were filmed.
Speaking to news.com.au, Chris Sebastian admitted that it was "awkward" for the final four to pretend to win before the result was known.
"You've got to understand, by that point of the day we were so tired," Chris told the online publication. "We hadn't had a day off for two weeks and we were physically drained.
"I think some people acted better than others. I definitely tried to exaggerate as much as I could because I wanted it to be like how it would be like if I actually did win."
The Voice coaches: Guy Sebastian, Boy George, Delta Goodrem and Kelly Rowland. Image: Channel Nine
Chris' win topped off a dramatic season which included accusations levelled against Guy Sebastian for "cheating", accidental buttons pushes as well as Kelly Rowland storming off stage after a feud with Guy.
The Voice also hit the headlines when the show was forced to mix things up after COVID-19 hit midway through filming and one artist notoriously caused a stir when she went on a bitter rant after being booted from the competition.
This story originally appeared on our sister site Who.