Jermaine Paul Wins 'The Voice' : Former Back-Up Singer For Alicia Keys Couldn't Feel His Feet

 
on May 09 2012 6:30 PM
It came down to four finalists and in the end it could only be one. On last night's episode of "The Voice," host Carson Daly announced Jermaine Paul as the winner of the vocal competition.
It came down to four finalists and in the end it could only be one. On last night's episode of "The Voice," host Carson Daly announced Jermaine Paul as the winner of the vocal competition. Reuters

It came down to four finalists and in the end it could only be one. On last night's episode of The Voice, host Carson Daly announced Jermaine Paul as the winner of the vocal competition.

I couldn't look at anybody and allow myself not to believe, Paul said to People magazine. In that moment I prayed.

 I couldn't feel my feet when he said my name, Paul said of the moment he heard his name called as the winner. I just started walking a little bit to see if my feet were really under me, and to make sure I wouldn't fall on my face.

On Monday night, Paul, delivered a phenomenal performance of R. Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly, to close out the competition. He was up against contestants Tony Lucca, Chris Mann and Juliet Simms.

I didn't feel good about the overall outcome, Paul said before the winner was announced. I didn't know if I was going to win or not.

Paul, who used to be a back-up singer from Alicia Keys, got a big congratulations from Keys on Twitter Tuesday night after the announcement.

@JermainePaul deservesssss all of this!!!!! He has more talent in one hand...;-)))) congratulations brotha!!!!!!! Shine shine shine!!!!!!

She called me while I was up there on stage just to say how happy she was, Paul said about Keys. She, Swizz, her mom, and the baby were all sitting on the couch watching the show.

Paul, who was part of Blake Shelton's team, will receive a record deal with Universal Republic and a $100,000 cash prize. Despite all his prizes, the support from his wife seems to be the most important thing to Paul.

She has been with me throughout this whole journey, Paul said. Leaving college, not going with basketball and going with music and sticking with it, having kids so young, and getting married even younger - it's been a tumultuous journey for us.

Much like American Idol, winners on The Voice are chosen by audience votes. Paul beat out Julia Smitts by four percentage points. Tony Lucca, who was a Mickey Mouse Club member with host Christina Aguilera, came in third.

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