Country star BLAKE SHELTON is celebrating yet another victory as his top contestant was named the winner of U.S. talent show THE VOICE on Tuesday (16 Dec 14).
The Boys ‘Round Here hitmaker became the biggest winning coach in the history of the series, as his country singer protegee Craig Wayne Boyd won the coveted recording contract and the $100,000 (£62,500) cash prize.
Boyd beat out the three other finalists, who were all mentored by veteran coach Adam Levine, and prior to Tuesday’s season finale, Shelton acknowledged that winning would be a long shot, but if he did manage to beat the odds, he wouldn’t be afraid to rub it in his pal Levine’s face.
Shelton told E! News, “Mathematically, he should win this thing. It should be cakewalk for him… If he manages to screw this up… I hope it’s on the cover of, like, USA Today and Time and Rolling Stone, with a picture of him looking confused and with a tear… with an egg smeared across his face. To kick him while he was down, sometimes I feel like that’s why I was born.”
Shelton previously won three times in a row with singers Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope and Jermaine Paul, while the Maroon 5 frontman has claimed victory twice, with Javier Colon and Tessanne Chin.
The finale was a star-studded event, featuring performances from the likes of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Hudson, Hozier, and Fall Out Boy, as well as a special set from coaches Shelton, Levine, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, who teamed up to sing holiday classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.