Jermaine Paul wins season two of "The Voice"

Blake Shelton and Jermaine Paul on the season finale of "The Voice," May 8, 2012
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(CBS News) "The Voice" crowned Jermaine Paul the winner on Tuesday night.

The 33-year-old background singer from Harriman, N.Y., edged out the three other finalists in NBC's two-hour live finale.

Paul, who was coached by country singer and "Voice" mentor Blake Shelton, was awarded the show's grand prize of $100,000 and a record deal with Universal after crooning R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" for his final solo performance Monday.

"I just want to say thank you to everybody that supported me from day one," said Paul through tears. He also thanked his wife, children and parents, adding "God bless y'all, man. Nobody but Jesus, man, nobody!"

Paul has been a backup singer for both Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige.

Juliet Simms, the 26-year-old indie rocker from San Francisco who was coached by Cee Lo Green, came in second place. She was followed by Tony Lucca, the 36-year-old former Mouseketeer from Detroit, who was guided by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. Chris Mann, the 30-year-old classical singer from Wichita, Kan., who was shepherded by pop diva Christina Aguilera, rounded out the final four.

The evening saw performances by Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum, Flo Rida and Hall & Oates.

Tell us: Do you think Paul was a good choice to win "The Voice"?

  • CBS News Staff

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