TV tonight: ‘The Voice’ picks a winner and wraps up an amazing season

One of three great acts will be crowned champion tonight on ‘The Voice.’
Photo: Facebook/The Voice

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 —Tonight on the finale of “The Voice,” when a champion is finally chosen, there will be no losers. Michelle Chamuel, The Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradbery have all proved they have the ability to make it in the music world whether they win or not.

Throughout the fourth season of “The Voice,” each of the three finalists have demonstrated they can own a song and the stage with it, thanks in part to the great coaching they’ve received. Not only are the judges on “The Voice” great performers. They’ve employed a mentoring capacity that is a joy to watch.

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The enthusiasm and energy of Blake Shelton, Usher, Shakira and Adam Levine as judges and coaches is as genuine as the contestants’ desire to win. This fact is as rare as a peaceful moment between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on “American Idol.”

Usually on competitive reality shows, judges are more concerned with the camera filming their best side than acknowledging the performance of a contestant. Self promotion is the agenda for so many of the judges that it leaves very little of the spotlight for anyone else.

The Judges of ‘The Voice’ in action. (NBC)

This year the judges on “The Voice” have not only done precisely the opposite. They have also helped refine the skills of the top three to the point where each act will probably land a recording deal regardless of tonight’s outcome.

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Now if the net-heads could just figure out a way to clone the judges on “The Voice” for every competitive reality show, they would have an avid TV audience that would embrace the genre rather than kick it to the curb.

Tonight’s finale includes performances by Cher, Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars, Nelly and Florida Georgia Line. But after watching the judges join together to sing that Beatles’ classic “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends,” it’s hard to imagine anyone topping their amazing performance.

That old Ringo Starr song summed up this year’s season of “The Voice.” Clearly, “a little help from my friends” is the main reason this show consistently stands up so much taller and prouder than its competition.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night: Pre-game show

CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) The team go aboard a Navy ship to investigate a murder and are shocked to learn that McGee’s father is a prime suspect.

FOX: So You Think You Can Dance: (New) The Top 20 finalists are revealed and give their first performances.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (New) Howie, Howard, Heidi and Mel B continue their quest to unearth America’s top talent.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) Lavon and Ruby’s romance proves problematic for Zoe and Lemon, who try to uncover Ruby’s real angle. Meanwhile, Wade wants to evade George, but they wind up on the same camping trip; and Brick hopes to take his relationship with Emily to the next level.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: NBA Countdown: (Live) A lively pro-basketball roundtable discussing upcoming action and top storylines around the NBA.

9 p.m.

ABC: NBA Finals: Game 6: Spurs at Heat: (Live) Game 6. From the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) The team questions the lone survivor of a former terrorist organization to determine whether the group is re-forming.

NBC: The Voice: (Live) The Season 4 champion is crowned, plus performances by Cher, Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars, Nelly, Florida Georgia Line and more.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (Repeat) The girls meet designer Cedella Marley and wear bikinis created by her as they each are photographed riding on a dolphin. Later, the models pose as warrior princesses beneath a waterfall.

10 p.m.

CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) While working undercover as a high-school substitute teacher, Finch protects a teen genius who reminds him of himself. Elsewhere, Carter takes on a dangerous assignment for the FBI.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Pretty Little Liars at 8 p.m. on ABCFAM

Deadliest Catch: On Deck at 8 p.m. on DSC

Sex: How it Works at 8 p.m. on NGC

Property Virgins at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV

Mythbusters at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI

Dance Moms at 9 p.m. on Life

Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC

Airport 24/7 at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

Bang Goes the Theory at 9, 9:40 and 10:20 p.m. on BBC

North America at 9 and 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

Exit 10 p.m. on Syfy

Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO

Swamp Murders at 10 p.m. on ID

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Pretty Wicked Moms at 10 p.m. on Life

Taboo USA at 10 p.m. on NGC

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Inside Amy Schumer at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central

Shipping Wars at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E

Blood and Oil at 10 p.m. on DSC

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Last Samurai on AMC

The Bone Collector on CINEMAX

Camp on FLIX

Moonrise Kingdom on HBO

City Slickers on IFC

Slumdog Millionaire on SUND

Three Coins in the Fountain on TCM

Our Idiot Brother on TMC

9 p.m.

How to Train Your Dragon on FXM

Dark Shadows at 9 p.m. on HBO

The Lucky One on MOMAX

Hitch on STARZ

Later tonight:

Mallrats at 9:30 p.m. on TMC

Nurse Betty at 9:30 p.m. on SHO

The Campaign at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Nola at 10 p.m. on FLIX

Tonight and Every Night at 10 p.m. on TCM

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