Cresson-area native Josh Gallagher’s journey on NBC’s “The Voice” ended short of his goal Tuesday, as he was finished in fourth place in nationwide fan voting.
Country singer Sundance Head won the show and was crowned “The Voice.”
Gallagher’s journey through each round on the reality show has been memorable, and while he did not win the competition, he is still a winner in the eyes of many.
Gallagher’s uncle, Richard Felix, said he was very proud of his nephew and regardless of the outcome, Gallagher was still in a good spot.
“We’re all proud of him and he’s still a winner whether he came in fourth or first place,” Felix said.
After weeks of meeting at the VFW, JG supporters came together for the final “watch party” on Tuesday. The building was filled wall to wall with overjoyed people and good vibes.
The veteran’s club set the tone for the finale with a fireworks display before the live show began.
To open the star studded finale, the Top 4 finalists joined Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande on the stage to sing “Faith,” a track from the original motion picture “Sing.”
Immediately after the performance, Gallagher collaborated with former Voice contestants Brendan Fletcher and Austin Allsup to sing “My Kinda Party” by country artist Jason Aldean.
Later in the show, Gallagher made his way back to the stage to sing “Burning House” with country music singer Cam.
The song was released by Cam in 2015 and appears on her debut album “Untamed.”
Before the voting results were announced, Josh said that if he won “The Voice” for his coach Adam Levine, it would be his way of giving back to him, because he has given him so much.
“I never expected to work with Adam Levine, but it’s been the best possible thing,” Gallagher said.
Levine said that Gallagher was “all heart and I think that is the coolest thing about him.”
During Monday’s live broadcast, Gallagher performed three times in an effort to gain America’s vote. He sang his original song “Pick Any Small Town,” which made it’s way to the Top 10 of iTunes Top 100 Songs Chart during the overnight voting window. Gallagher filmed the official music video for the single last week, and it can be seen in its entirety at NBC.com.
The Penn Cambria graduate followed up his original song with a duet featuring his coach Adam Levine. The pair sang “Smooth.” The song gave audiences a glance of Gallagher outside of his country roots.
Gallagher’s final performance was his rendition of John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane.” This was Gallagher at his best, said a few supporters Monday night at the Sankertown VFW in Cresson.
After months of days filled with preparation, performances, and countless hours of rehearsals; the Cambria County native may have come up short on bringing the victory home, but what he did accomplish was bringing his community together and giving locals a reason to be proud.
Local Gallagher fans can continue to show their support by making their way to Johnstown’s Thunder In The Valley this summer as Gallagher is scheduled to headline the event. He will also be performing at the Mishler Theater in Altoona on January 28. Both shows at the Mishler Theater have already sold-out.
Ronald Fisher is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter