Congratulations, Chris Blue!
A fan favorite known for his big voice and even bigger dance moves, Blue was crowned the winner of The Voice on Tuesday.
This marks the first ever win for Blue’s coach, Alicia Keys, who will not be returning to the iconic red chairs next season.
“I am so honored to be able to call her not only coach, but friend,” Blue said of Keys following the show.
“I think that is the most important thing. Because I wanted to work with someone I felt actually cared about me. I really feel like she cares about Chris. That means a lot because I care about [her] a lot.”
During the blind auditions, Keys was the only coach still in need of an artist when Blue performed the 1965 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hit “The Tracks of My Tears.”
Blue got his start in music at a young age when his mom put him and his siblings in a band, and they sang at local churches.
For the last six years, Blue has worked as a worship leader. During that time, he met his fiancée Stephanie, who is from England. Stephanie has been battling bone marrow cancer for most of her life.
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“I would love to win because not even for myself, but because of everybody who has poured in love and support — my family and my coach,” Blue told reporters after Monday’s show. “I want it for them more than I want it for myself. It would be an honor to win this competition for them.”
In attendance at the show were World of Dance judge Derek Hough and America’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel. Both shows debut on NBC on May 30 (AGT at 8 p.m. and WoD at 10 p.m.).