‘The Voice’ 2015 winner: Jordan Smith crowned victor after dominant season

December 16, 2015

The wildly gifted college choir singer was properly crowned season 9 champion Tuesday night

Finally.

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After perhaps the most dominant season any contestant on “The Voice” has ever enjoyed, the wildly gifted college choir singer Jordan Smith was properly crowned season 9 champion Tuesday night. 




Smith is the fourth consecutive male vocalist to win the NBC’s popular singing program, and he defeats country singers Emily Ann Roberts and Barrett Baber, as well as pop-soul singer Jeffrey Austin. 

The 22-year-old from Kentucky was a hit from the jump, wooing the judges with his soaring rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” and surprising them with his sky-scraping range.

“Oh my god, you shocked me! You’re so amazing!” squealed judge Gwen Stefani after the performance, running from her chair to hug Smith. 

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But Adam Levine landed the impressive singer on his team, and through three months under the Maroon 5 frontman’s wing, Smith blossomed. 

Show-stopping renditions of Beyonce’s “Halo” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” were early highlights, but the pitch-perfect vocalist reached new heights last week, with an incredible version of “Somebody To Love” by Queen.

The Lee University student was never in danger of going home, and always seemed poised for the finale. 

His performances Monday night were less memorable, but still enough to secure Smith the $100,000 prize and recording contract with Universal Music Group. 

A visibly shocked Smith revisited “Climb Every Mountain,” from his finale performances, as confetti rained down. He still sounded great. 

Bobby Olivier may be reached at bolivier@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobbyOlivier. Find NJ.com on Facebook. 

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