That’s a wrap on Season 15 of The Voice! A lot of talented people competed this season but one had to reign supreme. 16-year-old Chevel Shepherd won the $100,000 prize and a record deal with Universal Music Group. This marks the second win in a row for veteran coach Kelly Clarkson and she truly made Chevel’s dreams come true.
The curly-haired singer, who gives us serious OG Taylor Swift vibes, has been wowing fans all season long with her unique country twang and yodeling skills. The New Mexico native was able to edge out Blake Shelton‘s remaining contestants, Kirk Jay and Chris Kroeze, and Kennedy Holmes from Jennifer Hudson‘s team.
“I’ve been listening to country since I was tiny. You can tell the story of the song to people,” Chevel said after she was announced as the big winner. “I’m still hyperventilating a little, I feel very blessed.” During finale night, the teen looked very at home behind the microphone while performing “Speechless” alongside Dan + Shay. To say Kelly is proud of her student would be an understatement.
The coach has been tweeting about Chevel’s win nonstop including adding “#ProudStageMomAlert” to one of her tweets. Kelly even got emotional remembering her similar journey to fame. She thanked fans on Twitter for changing Chevel’s life by just casting a vote for her. “From a girl whose life was changed by this simple act I just wanna say thank you for taking the time & being a fan!” Kelly added.
Season 15 may have just ended, but fans can already get excited for Season 16 because John Legend will be joining as a full-time judge. The “All of Me” singer announced the news via Instagram back in September. “I’m thrilled to join the coaches of [The Voice],” John wrote. “I’ve been a guest and mentor on the show multiple times and I’m so excited to discover talented singers and help them make the most of their gift. I hope the world is ready for #TeamJL.”
John is an amazing musical talent so he’s going to give the other judges a run for their money. Who will win? We’ll find out in Spring of 2019!
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