'The Voice' season 16: Winning coach John Legend talks about being 'heartbroken' after working with his team and then losing them

'The Voice' season 16: Winning coach John Legend talks about being 'heartbroken' after working with his team and then losing them

John Legend recently skillfully accomplished something not many other coaches on 'The Voice' before him have been able to: be a winning coach during his very first season. 

On Tuesday when 'The Voice' aired the season 16 grand finale results, Maelyn Jarmon from Team Legend took home the winning title. Jarmon, being the only female and non-country singer in the finale, won the title while going up against Team Blake's Dexter Roberts, Gyth Rigdon, and Andrew Sevener. This win is special for Legend, as it is for Jarmon, since this is also his first time appearing as a coach on the reality TV competition series. 


In a press conference after 'The Voice' season 16 grand finale, Legend spoke about the unexpected heartache of losing people in his team. "Well, you know there were some elements that I expected, but I didn't expect to have my heart broken so much too. Because you start working with people and then they are gone; very quickly, very early on in the show you start losing people you are excited to work with, and that is probably the hardest part."


Continuing, Legend said, "And then there was this new element issue with the 'Cross Battles' I think that threw all the coaches because no one had done it before. And that was difficult too because we put the selection process in the hands of fans even earlier than we had normally done it, and so everyone was a little torn off by that. So yeah, it is heartbreaking when you lose people after you invest a lot of time into and you see how heartbreaking it is for them, obviously it is worse for them than it is for us." 

The Voice - "Live Finale Results" Episode 1616B -- Pictured: (l-r) Maelyn Jarmon, John Legend -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

"But it is hard, you know, to go through that process and feel the agony of going home and that is what I was least prepared for," the award-winning singer said. Talking about what he was excited about the most, Legend added, "I was excited about mentoring new artists, I was helping them be the best versions of themselves and I've grown up doing that because I was a choir director from a very young age, and worked with other vocalists for a very long time. So, that was probably the easiest thing for me to do." 


Well, so there's that the silver lining for Legend. 

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