'The Voice' finale: It's country music for the win. Season 15's winner is a vocal powerhouse
This season had four finalists — Kennedy Holmes (Team Hudson), Kirk Jay (Team Blake), Chris Kroeze (Team Blake), Chevel Shepherd (Team Clarkson) - so who took the trophy home?
After an insanely talented run, 'The Voice' season 15 has finally crowned its winner! Team Kelly's Chevel Shepherd is the winner of the season. This season had four finalists who were definitely tough competitors — Kennedy Holmes (Team Hudson), Kirk Jay (Team Blake), Chris Kroeze (Team Blake), Chevel Shepherd (Team Clarkson) but it looks like Kelly Clarkson and her team took the trophy home once again.
16-year-old Shepherd from New Mexico blew the roof off during Monday night’s finale, singing Tanya Tucker’s 'It’s a Little Too Late'. It must have been nerve-wracking for her - who would blame her really, after all, she had Kelly as her mentor. She did tense up a bit during her performance but ended up wowing everyone with an original song that she called 'My country Tinkerbell'.
As for the other contestants, Wisconsin's 27-year-old Chris Kroeze was placed second and Alabama's Kirk Jay came in third place. St.Louis' R&B powerhouse Kennedy Holmes came fourth place. In the beginning, it didn't really look like Shepherd would take the crown. Since Chris was the fan favorite and Kirk Jay did a bang-on job in Monday night's performances and Holmes had the "youngest in the team" factor - she is 14 years old and the youngest contestant ever- it did seem unlikely that Shepherd would take the trophy home. However, Kelly's resolve to push Shepherd to the finish line and her own talent seems to have thrashed all speculation.
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Earlier in the show, Kelly had said, "I'm going to be a sister for life. I'm going to try to make her dreams come true." When Kelly won last season - the winner Brynn Cartelli bagged a tour with the 'Breakaway' singer - she will be performing in 2019 with Clarkson on her 'Meaning of Life' tour. So it is only a matter of time that Shepherd gets to be on the stage with her mentor. What's more, Shepherd also took home the $100,000 cash prize and recording deal. there's no looking back for her!
The two-hour show was filled with post-competition performances, where each finalist was paired with a special guest. Holmes and Kelly Rowland opened with "When Love Takes Over." Jay followed with Rascal Flatts performance of "Back to Life." And then it was Kroeze performed "Long Train Runnin" with the Doobie Brothers. And Shepherd joined Dan + Shay to perform the duo's current hit, "Speechless."
'The Voice' will return with season 16 (and with new coach John Legend) on NBC Monday, February 25, at 8 p.m. ET.