The Voice Winner Jordan Smith Is Just Getting Started: 'I'd Love to Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl
"The show is nothing compared to what's next," says the new champion
Jordan Smith is poised for superstardom after winning The Voice – but first, he’ll need a nap.
“I’m going to go and I’m going to sleep for probably like three days once this is all over,” the singer, 21, quipped in a press conference after the season finale on Tuesday. “Just not get out of bed.”
No one can say he doesn’t deserve some rest after claiming more than the top prize on NBC’s singing competition. Smith is already the best-selling singer to ever come from The Voice, thanks in large part to his cover of Queen’s “Somebody to Love.” America loves the song so much, he managed to end Adele‘s five-week reign on iTunes with “Hello.” He followed it up with another No. 1: “Mary, Did You Know?”
The question on everyone’s minds: how does he top himself?
“The show is nothing compared to what’s next,” said Smith. “I’m ready to start writing music and putting music out there and working hard to make this happen for myself and make a place for myself in the industry.”
And with instant hits under his belt, Smith is not afraid to dream big.
“I’d love to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl,” he said. “I think that’d be amazing.”
Coach Adam Levine was on hand to give his seal of approval, saying, “I think that’s a great idea.”
“It’s one of my favorite songs,” replied Smith. “I would love to do that.”
Just as he did throughout season 9, Levine cheered Smith on like a proud big brother.
“I think we should ask for it now,” he said. “That’d be okay with everybody?”
For Smith, the show hasn’t just given him fame and success – it’s helped him overcome self-confidence issues and embrace his high-pitched voice.
“It means a ton,” Smith said of winning. “Slowly throughout the show, it just proved that those things don’t matter … It’s really special to hear at the end of a show like this, to be celebrated because of those differences.”
Meanwhile, his coach can’t help but be inspired.
“His energy is very calming,” said Levine, who has been vocal about his struggle with ADHD. “I am the opposite. I’ve learned how to kind of chill and stay mellowed in times where usually I might not.”
Even though PEOPLE’s 2014 Sexiest Man Alive has been rocking his way to the top of the charts with Maroon 5 for over a decade, Levine insists that Smith is a superior singer.
“I’ve learned that I’m not as good a singer as he is, which makes me want to be a better singer,” he said. “Because let’s be honest, he’s way better than I am. But I think that we both learn from each other, too. It’s just been mutually kind of a nice symbiosis working with this guy.”
And then there’s his excitement over reminding Blake Shelton he is the triumphant judge.
“It’s really quite beautiful because Jordan gets to win The Voice and I get to tear Blake apart for the next six months, bragging about my win and his drought of victory,” he explained, joking. “It’s going to be great. I’m going to think of new and exciting ways to make him feel terrible. It’s going to be really fun, guys. So thank you.”