'The Voice' crowns Gina Miles winner of Season 23 over runner-up Grace West
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/24/2023
The Voice crowned Gina Miles its Season 23 champion over runner-up Grace West during the Season 23 finale that aired Monday night on NBC.
"This was the closest margin of victory in Voice history," The Voice host Carson Daly announced at the end of the two-hour broadcast.
"The winner of The Voice is Gina Miles! Gina Miles for the win!"
Gina, a 19-year-old from Paxton, IL, was a member of Niall Horan's team, and so Niall won his first season as a coach on The Voice.
"Gina is absolutely stunned!" Carson pointed out after reading the night's results.
Before Gina's victory was announced, she told her coach, "Pal, I'm not going to cry, but your friendship and your mentorship has been very special to me. And I love you. So thank you for choosing me and giving me this opportunity. I love you."
Grace, a 19-year-old from Canton, MI, finished in second place. She was a member of Blake Shelton's team.
Grace told Blake -- who was celebrated throughout the finale given Season 23 marked his last season as a coach on The Voice -- that his mentorship "meant the world" to her.
"[Thank you for] believing in me from the second I walked out on stage," Grace told the country singer, who joined The Voice as a coach 12 years ago for Season 1.
"I know we've joked about me coming out of my shell, but I promise you, just me as a performer, I feel like I have developed so much. Your advice and your overall belief in me, thank you from the bottom of my heart."
As the winner and runner-up of The Voice, Gina and Grace will receive a Universal theme park vacation for two to either Hollywood or Orlando to check out new attractions opening this summer.
Third place went to D.Smooth, a 25-year-old from Birmingham, AL, who sang on behalf of Kelly Clarkson's team.
"Kelly, I love you to death, girl," D.Smooth told his coach during the finale.
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"Thank you for seeing me for who I am and for allowing me to shine. I'm so grateful for you. You've been a blessing to my life, and thank you so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Sorelle, a trio of sisters from Lexington, OH, who represented "Team Chance," finished in fourth place. Like Niall, this was Chance the Rapper's first season as a coach on The Voice.
And fifth place went to another "Team Blake" member, Noivas, a 30-year-old from Hutto, TX.
The Voice finale was filled with performances and memories of Blake.
CeeLo Green, Diplo featuring Lily Rose, Maroon 5, Toosii, and members of the United States Army's Field Band all took the stage and performed.
Past members of Blake's teams throughout the years also gathered together to sing "Time Of Your Life" for him.
The Voice artists from the past who came back for the Blake tribute were Season 1's Xenia and Dia Frampton, Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul and finalist Raelynn, Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope, Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery and finalist The Swon Brothers, Season 7 winner Craig Wayne Boyd, Season 11 winner Sundance Head, Season 18 winner Todd Tilghman, Season 19 finalist Ian Flanigan, and Season 22 winner Bryce Leatherwood.
In addition, The Voice's five finalists of Season 23 each performed with his or her coach.
After 23 seasons, Blake pushed his button nearly 600 times and coached over 300 artists. The show therefore retired Blake's jean jacket with his nine wins listed on the back.