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The Voice crowned Cam Anthony Season 20 winner.
The 19-year-old former child prodigy from Philadelphia, Penn. was named the NBC Singing Contest Series winner in a final Tuesday night in which he competed against four other finalists: Jordan Matthew Young, Victor Solomon, Kenzie Wheeler and Rachel Mac.
Known for his soulful R&B sounds, Anthony was a member of the country artist and trainer Blake SheltonTeam. The teenager was accompanied on stage by the country crooner for a duet during the finale. The two played “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals.
Anthony, who currently lives in Los Angeles, blew judges down for the first time weeks ago at his blind audition with a performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down”. He would stun with cover versions of Dan + Shay’s “10.000 Hours” and “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. Later in the season, his place in the top five finalists was secured with a performance of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Boyz II Men.
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According to a press release, Anthony was the most viewed artist on YouTube during season 20 of “The Voice,” receiving 5.4 million views.
Anthony’s win also helped coach Shelton make history as the longest-serving coach, winning the Voice crown for the eighth time.
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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight after his win, Anthony said his win “has not yet been registered”.
“This is definitely a big moment in my life. It’s a turning point. So I’m just trying to collect myself because things are just beginning to roll,” the teenager said.
Shelton agreed, “Just watch and see what happens now.”
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Season 20 was the 10th season of the NBC singing contest series. Back in March, NBC announced that season 21 pop star Ariana Grande would have a seat alongside returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton
He is supposed to replace Nick Jonas. Carson Daly will continue to host the Music competition series.