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Backup singer Jermaine Paul took first place in Tuesday night's (May 8) finale of <em>The Voice</em>. Jermaine, part of Blake Shelton's team, bested Chris Mann, Tony Lucca and Juliet Simms to take home the prize of a recording contract and $100,000.
The 33-year-old from New York, a former Alicia Keys backup singer, is the show's second champion, following last year's winner, Javier Colon.
Just minutes before being crowned the winner, Jermaine was speechless just thinking about winning the competition. "It would mean the world to me," he said.
When he was announced as the winner, Jermaine collapsed into a hug from his coach, Blake, 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!"
He received embraces from his family as he sang "I Believe I Can Fly" to close out the show.
The finale also included Lady Antebellum, who debuted their new single, "Wanted You More."