The Voice’s shock winner revealed!

And here's why the announcement looked so fake
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Congratulations are in order for Chris Sebastian, who was announced as winner of The Voice Australia’s season nine, taking home a $100,000 cash prize and recording contract with EMI Music.

WATCH: The Voice artist’s bitter rant after being kicked off the show

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 put in place due to the coronavirus crisis.

Chris Sebastian
Chris Sebastian was crowned The Voice winner for 2020. (Credit: 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.

THe Voice coaches
While Boy George and Kelly Rowland couldn’t make it for the finale due to COVID-19, Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian flew the flag for the coaches. (Credit: Channel Nine)

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 final four
Battling it out were (from left) Team George’s Siala, Team Kelly’s Chris, Team Guy’s Johnny and Team Delta’s Stellar. (Credit: 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.

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