NBC's 'The Voice' crowns a new champion

NBC's 'The Voice' crowns a new champion

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by Mark Barger / NBC

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 9 at 11:40 AM

"The Voice" has a new champion.

The NBC singing competition series began last night with four finalists, and one of them emerged victorious.

The tears were flowing, even before the announcement. "Those tears when I was standing up there were just pride and joy," said finalist Juliet Simms."

But the last two standing on "The Voice," came down to one.

The 33-year-old career backup singer was finally in the spotlight himself. "I couldn't believe they actually voted for me. It's a dream come true. Honestly, I didn't see it coming," said “The Voice” Champion Jermaine Paul.

But Paul’s coach, Blake Shelton did, and he took a hands off approach. "I kinda figured out, about a month ago, I just need to stay out of this guy's way," said Shelton.

Twenty-six-year-old rocker Juliet Simms took consolation in being runner up by only 4 percentage points. "I am so happy for Jermaine. He deserves it. The joy I have for him winning could not be more than if I had won," said Simms.

Third place went to the former Mouseketeer, Tony Lucca. "It doesn't diminish my gratitude for what happened to me on the show this season and how I feel I've benefitted," said Lucca.

Less than a point behind Lucca in fourth place was classical singer Chris Mann. "I've had more fun in the last six months than I've ever had in my entire life. And my future is starting now," said Mann.

Life's also taken on quite a different look now for Jermaine Paul. "I just wanted to give my best performance every time I hit the stage, and come from my heart, and it worked out," said the winning contestant.
 

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