The Voice has declared its season 13 winner!
Chloe Kohanski took home the top prize during Tuesday night’s live results show finale. The 23-year-old rocker from Tennessee was on Team Blake, and it’s no surprise that she looked visibly excited and a tiny bit surprised when she was declared the champ.
She also got a massive hug from her coach, Blake Shelton, as confetti fell. The 41-year-old country crooner — and the only coach besides Adam Levine to be on the show all 13 seasons — is now a six-time coaching champ.
As if she needed to prove she was a total rockstar, Chloe’s finale performance was “White Wedding” alongside Billy Idol himself.
One of the music competition’s youngest contestants left in the competition, Addison Agen (Team Adam), was the runner-up, while Brooke Simpson (Team Miley) came in third and Red Marlow (Team Blake) came in fourth.
During a press conference following the finale, Chloe told reporters that she hadn’t felt like the title was definitely hers as she competed. “I never had a moment where I thought, ‘I have this in the bag,’ but what I did notice was personal growth throughout the competition and just watching, not obsessively, but just going back and watching performances and thinking like, ‘OK, something is happening. Every time, I’m almost evolving a little bit more and more as an artist.’ So, it just instilled a lot of confidence in me.”
She did, however, feel like she picked the right coach. “I believe Blake when he says he does take care of his team and his people that he works with, whatever that would have looked like, even if that was just being able to pick up the phone and ask for advice,” she explained. “I think that would have been something that would have happened regardless of winning, so I’m very stoked that we won this together. That’s very fun, but, regardless, I think we would have worked together and [we should] keep it going. It’s not just for the show — it’s real!!”
As for Blake, he just wants Chloe to go out and create with people who don’t “really necessarily make sense to you.” “I think that’s been a key part of your discovery on this show for yourself and for people, and there’s been so much music that Chloe discovered on this show…” he said while giving advice to his mentee. “She’s 23, so she went and discovered this stuff she maybe would have never experienced, so I would just say go into it with an open mind and a creative mind, and we’re all dying to know what you’re going to come up with, including your old double chin coach over here.”
All four put on amazing performances throughout the evening, though Addison getting bluesy with Norah Jones on “Don’t Know Why” and Sia performing in a life-sized doll box while belting out “Titanium” with Brooke were definitely highlights.
And as is tradition with a Voice finale, plenty of A-listers took the stage as well. Kelly Clarkson — who will be a Voice judge next season — performed the TV debut of her new song, “Medicine,” while Demi Lovato brought down the house with her new single, “Tell Me You Love Me.”
BeBe Rexha kicked off the show, singing her country hit with Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be,” alongside previously eliminated contestants Keisha Renee and Adam Cunningham. Plus, Levine even took the stage, playing guitar as Charlie Puth performed “How Long.”
Additional highlights included former contestant Noah Mac coming back to sing “World Gone Mad” with Bastille, plus two former judges returns. Alicia Keys introduced season 12 winner Chris Blue, while Pharrell was back with N.E.R.D. to sing their song “Lemon.”
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