Jermaine Paul "I Believe I can Fly"
The second season of The Voice came to an end last night with one of the top four singers winning $100,000 and a recording contract with Universal Republic Records. That lucky artist turned out to be Jermaine Paul, a former backup singer for Alicia Keys. Juliet Simms was the runner-up. Tony Lucca and Chris Mann took third and fourth place respectively.
Paul, who was mentored by Blake Shelton, chose R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” for his finale performance. Christina Aguilera said he “shined liked a super star,” while Adam Levine called him an “incredible singer.” Cee Lo Green loved the song choice and the overall presentation. Shelton admitted he was at a loss for words and said he has learned from Paul throughout the season.
Speaking to People magazine after the show, Paul said he was shocked when host Carson Daly revealed him as the winner. "I am very shocked,” he admitted. "I honestly was ready to accept not winning. But I'm so excited."
Paul also praised his wife for sticking with him through his music career. "She has been with me throughout this whole journey," he told People. "Leaving college, not going with basketball and going with music and sticking with it, having kids so young, and getting married even younger – it's been a tumultuous journey for us."
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