Background Singer Jermaine Paul of Team Blake won TV singing contest “The Voice” on Tuesday night, taking home a recording contract with Universal Republic Records, a $100,000 cash prize, and a shot at his dream of singing stardom.
Paul collapsed into a hug from his coach Blake Shelton and wiped away tears as he thanked his wife, children, and all of the people who voted for him, ending his speech by exclaiming “nobody but Jesus!”
The former backup singer for Alicia Keys took center stage as he sang R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” to close out the show, which he also sang in his final performance on Monday’s penultimate episode of the show. Paul received embraces from his wife and family members as he sang.
Paul beat out fellow contestants Juliet Simms of Team Cee Lo (Green), Tony Lucca of Team Adam (Levine), and Chris Mann of Team Christina (Aguilera). Host Carson Daly revealed that Paul edged out second place finalist Simms by fewer than four percentage points.
“I just want to say thank you to everybody that supported me from day one,” said Paul through tears.
Javier Colon won the first season of “The Voice” last year.