'The Voice' crowns Josh Kaufman sixth-season champion, beating Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie
By Reality TV World staff, 05/21/2014
The Voice named Josh Kaufman its sixth-season champion during Tuesday night's live broadcast of the NBC reality singing competition's finale.
"I can't even talk. I'm overwhelmed, I'm surprised, I'm happy, I'm relieved," an emotional Kaufman told The Voice host Carson Daly after his win was revealed.
"This has been so much more of an experience than I ever could have imagined. I'm just really grateful."
Kaufman, a 38-year-old from Sarasota, FL, won after he received the most home viewer votes following Monday night's final performance show, which had also featured finalists Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie competing.
Kaufman's victory also marked the first win for The Voice coach Usher. Kaufman began The Voice on coach Adam Levine's team of artists but the Maroon 5 frontman regretfully eliminated him during a "battle" round, giving Usher an opportunity to "save" him and add Kaufman to his own team.
"This whole experience has been so much more than I ever could have expected. I'm so glad that I got to work with Usher and Adam. Your input has been invaluable and I'm a better artist for it, absolutely. Thank you so much," Kaufman said before he won the title of The Voice and a recording contract.
Worthington, an 18-year-old from La Porte, TX who had been coached by Blake Shelton, finished as The Voice's sixth-season runner-up.
"Blake, throughout this whole thing, you've kept me grounded, you've given me inspiration, you've made me proud of myself and who I am," he told Shelton before learning he had finished the competition in second place.
"You've made my town proud, you've made my family proud, and we did all that by just staying true to myself and [representing] country music the way it needs to be."
Grimmie, a 20-year-old from Vorhees, NJ, had been coached by Levine and finished in third place. However, Levine had begun The Voice's live finale by announcing he planned to offer Grimmie a recording contract with his own record label if she didn't land one by being named the competition's winner.
"I would like Christina Grimmie to know that regardless of the outcome... whether you win The Voice or not, you will have a record deal because I would like to sign her to my label," he said.
Grimmie had thanked him excitedly before Daly revealed her third-place finish.
"I respect you so, so much, and I thank you for everything that you taught me. and thank you so much for saying what you said earlier about wanting to sign me!" she gushed.
"I love you so much, thank you for believing in me, because no one else did."