(LOS ANGELES) — Jermaine Paul, a former backup singer from Spring Valley, N.Y., was crowned the winner of the second season of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday during a live grand finale.
Paul was mentored by country singer Blake Shelton. The decision was based on viewer votes.
Paul emerged victorious after weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds and judges “saves.” In addition to the title, he also gets a recording contract with Universal Republic Records and $100,000 cash.
As confetti rained down and the crowd rose to its feet, a tearful Paul gave thanks to his family, friends and supporters, and cried “Nobody but Jesus.” He then took the mic one last time to sing his finale song “I Believe I Can Fly,” by R. Kelly.
Juliet Simms, the female rocker mentored by Cee Lo Green, finished second in the voting. In third place was former Mousketeer Tony Lucca, coached by Adam Levine. Opera singer Chris Mann, who was mentored by Christina Aguilera, finished fourth. All of the contestants received a new car from KIA Motors.
Tuesday night’s results show also featured guest performances by Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum and Daryl Hall and John Oates.
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