'The Voice' Season 12 winner named
LOS ANGELES – After 12 weeks -- and really much longer than that for the contestants -- we finally have a champion for Season 12 of The Voice.
Chris Blue earned the title of The Voice.
The 26-year-old hails from Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the youngest in a family of seven children who all sing.
Blue had three songs in the Top 10 on iTunes over that past two weeks. He’s not only talented but very humble and gracious and he worked hard for the win.
Blue’s win capped what was an amazing night for the season finale. There were performances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including the legendary Gladys Knight, Little Big Town, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Rascal Flatts, Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi.
It was an amazing night that brought to an end 12 weeks of excitement and incredible performances.
It was also a big night for Blue’s coach Alicia Keys. In just her second season, she has her first win.
Four singers were left on Tuesday, each giving their last effort to vie for America's vote and win the Season 12 title.
The combination of guitar and voice put Team Adam's Jesse Larson in the finale.
Last week's instant save gave the Minnesota artist the fourth and final spot.
"It feels amazing to have something that you're so passionate about, something that means so much to you, understood," he said.
Emotions got the better of Team Blake's Aliyah Moulden two weeks ago, but the 15-year-old Californian overcame them en route to becoming the show's youngest ever finalist.
"I didn't even think I was going to get a chair turned, and just to be here has been a really, really emotional ride for me," she said.
Michigan country singer Lauren Duski was Team Blake's other finalist. Consistent all season, she topped the iTunes chart last week for the first time.
"I've definitely seen a lot of layers on insecurity shed along the way," Duski said. "And it's such a relief to finally get up there and do what I love."
Range was key for Team Alicia's Chris Blue. His inspirational anthem last week hit number two on iTunes.
"Every week is a challenge for me, and that seems to be the story of my life here on the show, challenge Chris Blue," he laughs.
Each of the artists performed three times on Tuesday: An original song, a cover tune and a duet with their coach.
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