"The Voice" crowns second season champion
Jermaine Paul was front and centre on The Voice.
The 33-year-old former Alicia Keys backup singer was declared the winner of the NBC singing competition Tuesday.
Paul, who was coached by country singer and Voice mentor Blake Shelton, was awarded the show's grand prize of USD100,000 (RM306,690) and a record deal with Universal after crooning R Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly" for his final solo performance Monday.
"I just want to say thank you to everybody that supported me from day one," said Paul through tears.
"My wife, my children, my father, my mother, my mother-in-law.
"God bless y'all, man. Nobody but Jesus, man, nobody!"
Paul also hugged his coach who shouted, "You did it! You did it!"
Juliet Simms, the 26-year-old indie rocker who was coached by Cee Lo Green, came in second place. She was followed by Tony Lucca, the 36-year-old former Mouseketeer, who was guided by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Chris Mann, the 30-year-old classical singer, who was shepherded by pop diva Christina Aguilera, rounded out the final four.
Javier Colon of Team Adam won the first season of The Voice last year.
Published May 9 2012