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Warning! The following contains massive spoilers to the finale of The Voice Season 15! Read at your own risk!
It was an electric night on the Season 15 finale of The Voice, as competitors, coaches, and various celebrities put on show-stopping performances as the countdown to the winner's announcement was on. Finally, the big moment came and all contestants were gathered on stage as Carson Daly read the winner for all to hear. It's official: the winner of The Voice Season 15 is none other than the talented Chevel Shepherd!
Chevel Shepherd's name was called as her family and coach Kelly Clarkson stormed the stage to hug and congratulate her. While Chevel was the star of the moment, Clarkson certainly had something to brag about as she scored her second consecutive victory on the singing competition. Country singer and runner-up Chris Kroeze congratulated Shepherd on her victory and stepped off to the side to be consoled by coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
So what's next for Chevel? Well in addition to a record deal, she pockets a nice payday of $100,000. Provided her career takes off from there, that could be pocket change considering she's already amassed a fair chunk of fans from across America. Of course, maintaining and successful career is a difficult challenge, and though she won The Voice, it's fair to say her journey to superstardom has only just begun.
Though the night belonged to Chevel, it's hard to say the other three competitors didn't have a great night as well. Each contestant got to perform with a celebrity as Kennedy sang with Kelly Rowland, Kirk was with Rascal Flatts, Chris Kroeze with The Doobie Brothers, and Chevel with Dan + Shay. The night also featured plenty of alumni performances, including contestant DeAndre Nico who took the stage for the first time since his controversial loss.
Perhaps one of the biggest non-winner highlights came when Abby Cates, Sarah Grace, and Reagan Strange all took the stage to perform Lady Gaga's "Million Reasons." The powerful performance stood up with some of the best the night had and was a testament to how competitive Season 15 of The Voice has been from start to finish. Blake Shelton's Santa Claus sketch was a close second, but the singing competition's most successful coach can take an L this one time.
The finale was also rife with musical acts, as John Legend, Bastille, Panic At The Disco! and others gave musical performances all leading up to the big moment. There was even a performance by Season 14 winner Brynn Cartelli, who announced she had just signed to Atlantic Records. Cartelli played her new single "Last Night's Mascara" and had the crowd and former coach Kelly Clarkson up and on their feet.