Jermaine Paul From Team Blake Wins ‘The Voice’

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In an emotional finish, Blake Shelton‘s front-running team member, R & B singer Jermaine Paul has officially been proclaimed as “The Voice,” after a win last night on Season 2 of the hit talent competition show, The Voice.

Jermaine pulled ahead for the title over Christina Aguilera‘s opera singer, Chris Mann; Adam Levine‘s Michigan pop-rocker and former Mouseketeer, Tony Lucca; and Juliet Simms from Team Cee Lo.

The audience and coaches stood up for Paul’s final performance on the Monday finale of R. Kelly‘s “I Believe I Can Fly.” Coach Adam Levine summed up the performance by saying “You are an incredible performer, and I don’t think anyone could take [their] eyes off you, ’cause your whole kind of casual way of performing, it was so engaging.”

Jermaine’s coach Blake Shelton added, “Man, my heart is in my throat right now, I’m speechless … now this is as honest as it gets. My job on this show as a coach is to be a coach, but I continue to feel like, I learn things from you … if I could channel whatever it is you channel when you perform – when I perform, I just don’t know how you do that, you gotta teach me that one of these days.”

Watch below and see what Blake is talking about.

Jermaine told The Boot that he had actually never heard of Blake Shelton before the show but was “introduced to him when I was introduced to the show, pretty much through my daughter and wife.”

“My daughter and wife had told me how good a coach he was. They also told me it’s not really genre based, it’s cool to be with someone in your genre, but it’s cool to be with someone who can appreciate what you bring.”

R&B rubbed off on Blake a little, in this finale performance with Jermaine of “Soul Man.”

Prior to life on The Voice, Jermaine was a background singer for GRAMMY-winning singer Alicia Keys. Before the winner was crowned, Carson Daly opened the show, telling Jermaine, “You are not a background singer anymore.”

In addition to each of the final four contestants being surprised at the after party with a new car, as the second season winner of The Voice, Jermaine Paul will get a recording contract with Universal Records and a $100,000 cash prize.

The evening brought on two hours of great entertainment, including a performance of Lady Antebellum debuting their latest single, “Wanted You More”; Darryl Hall and John Oates performing “Rich Girl”; 18-year-old teen pop sensation Justin Bieber performing his new song “Boyfriend”; and Flo Rida making his world premiere debut of “Wild Ones.”

Here is the debut from Lady Antebellum, just in case you missed it:

Previously eliminated contestants from season 2 of The Voice also returned to the stage, covering favorite hits such as The Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back,” The Verve‘s “Bittersweet Symphony,” Stevie Wonder‘s “Superstition,” Joe Cocker‘s “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and Fleetwood Mac‘s “Go Your Own Way.”

- Nanci Haskin / CBS Local

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