Duets 2012, the first season of ABC's new reality singing competition, came to a close on July 19 with the crowning of its first-ever champion. So which hopeful walked away the big winner and snagged a recording contract with Hollywood Records? Was it John Glosson or J Rome from Team Jennifer Nettles? Or did Team Kelly Clarkson's Jason Farol take top honors?
After a series of final performances from the three men as well as Team Robin Thicke's Olivia Chisholm and Team John Legend's Bridget Carrington, show host Quddus called J, John and Jason to the stage for the final results. He praised the "unbelievable talent" of all three men, and then revealed the identity of the third-place finisher, Jason, leaving both members of Team Jennifer up for the prize.
As Kelly greeted her protege in the Superstars' Lounge, she said she was "super proud" of him for making it to the finals, and praised his growth over the course of the season.
With the field narrowed to two hopefuls, Quddus turned to Robin, who confirmed that the "two most consistent singers" were still standing on stage awaiting their results. The host then awkwardly turned to John Legend and asked which of the two men America probably chose. The singer hedged before noting that last week he'd said he would sign J Rome if given the chance; he suspected that America might agree with him. Jennifer said she was "dying" that both of her proteges were still standing; she called it "the best and the worst position to be in."
With the mentors' commentaries out of the way and the questions answered, J Rome was declared the winner of Duets 2012. Jennifer took to the stage to hug J and the audience cheered his name. As the rest of the cast joined them on stage, J brought the season to a close with a rendition of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."