On Tuesday evening, NBC’s The Voice crowned their Season 11 winner.
37-year-old Sundance Head was teary-eyed when host Carson Daly announced that the Texas native won, giving coach Blake Shelton his fifth win on the show. Before the finale’s results, Head expressed his gratitude for Shelton.
”I just want to thank you for being such a great guy and being so sweet to me, man. I know you don’t have to do that. You do this for a job, you know, but you really are such a genuine person, man. I thank the Lord that he put you in my life.”
Head has been one to watch since the season began. During the Knockout Round, the country crooner took Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” and made it into his own folk anthem, emphasizing the uphill battle he has faced in the music industry throughout the years. The Season 11 champion also competed on season six of American Idol where he placed in the Top 15.
Team Adam’s Josh Gallagher finished in fourth place and Team Alicia’s We McDonald finished in third. Former child star Billy Gilman, also of Team Adam, was named runner-up.
An emotional Head shared the winning moment with family members before performing his original song, Darlin’ Don’t Go.
The two hour finale also included a handful of star-studded performances. Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande opened the show with their Golden Globe nominated single “Faith” from the upcoming animated film Sing. Bruno Mars, Sting and The Weeknd took the stage as well.
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