'The Voice' crowns Brynn Cartelli winner over Britton Buchanan, Kelly Clarkson wins her debut as coach
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/23/2018
The Voice has crowned Brynn Cartelli its fourteenth-season champion over runner-up Britton Buchanan.
Brynn, a 15-year-old from Longmeadow, MA, competed on Kelly Clarkson's team all season long and was declared champion of Season 14 of The Voice during Tuesday night's live finale broadcast on NBC.
Not only was Brynn the youngest person in the competition this season, but she also made history by becoming the youngest The Voice finalist ever. (Brynn was only 14-years-old at the time of her Blind Audition).
Brynn had several solid performances over this week's two-night finale event, but the poised artist's catchy original song "Walk My Way" -- written by Julia Michaels -- probably pushed her over the edge when it came to home viewer voting.
"I am so lucky... I am literally just a cheerleader. Coaching this girl is a joke," Kelly told Brynn during Monday night's Top 4 performance show.
"Everything you have seen this girl do was her idea... It's insane, and I'm just so proud of you, not only because you're the youngest ever to make it this far but because of the fact you are doing what you love and you do it so well and so effortlessly. It's so captivating and inspiring to watch."
Kelly will have some bragging rights on the show going forward, as she won her very first season serving as a coach on The Voice.
Meanwhile, Alicia Keys' team member, Britton, finished in second place.
The 18-year-old contestant from Sanford, NC, wrote his own original song that he had performed on Monday night.
"Where You Come From" received raving reviews from the coaches -- especially coach Adam Levine, who was unfortunately not represented in the finale.
"We'd be really lucky if you won this show. And no disrespect to anybody else, because everyone else is phenomenal, but... this is the beginning of your thing. It doesn't feel like you've shown us everything," Adam explained.
"But that's the best part about you. You have so much more... I absolutely think you are amazing and deserve to win this thing."
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Third place went to powerhouse vocalist Kyla Jade, a 33-year-old from Nashville, TN, whose original song is called "The Last Tear."
"Kyla, if you don't win The Voice, I don't know why we call this show The Voice," Blake had said on Monday night, later adding, "This show was designed to find a vocalist just like you."
And finally, Spensha Baker, a 25-year-old from Boerne, TX, claimed fourth place. Her original song is entitled "Old Soul."
"You're ready to step off the stage and step onto country radio... We need you in country music, and now we know -- because you're in the finale -- that country music fans embrace you. This girl deserves to win this show, America. We need her so badly," Blake had said.
The Voice's Tuesday night finale featured performances from the Top 4 finalists as well as other contestants from Season 14.