NBC’s “The Voice” easily eclipsed FOX’s “The X Factor” as the biggest fall music competition series, and a two-hour broadcast Tuesday brought the show’s third cycle to a close.

With coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee-Lo set to embark on hiatuses from the series this coming spring, this represented a turning point of sorts for the show. But for all the buzz about the coaches and all the celebrity appearances and performances, Tuesday’s show was ultimately about crowning a winner.

Would presumed-frontrunner and former Hey Monday lead singer Cassadee Pope become the first female to win “The Voice?” Or would either Terry McDermott or Nicholas David keep the male winning streak alive?

Unlike “American Idol,” which again crowned a male winner this year, “The Voice” ended its latest season in favor of a female. Pope was announced the winner, besting runner-up McDermott and second runner-up David.

With an intriguing voice, a mainstream sense of musicality, a great look and a passionate fanbase from her work with Hey Monday, Pope was suited perfectly for success on “The Voice.”

Having reached the top of iTunes with performance recordings and now having won the show, Pope definitely lived up to that potential.

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