Congratulations, Chris Blue!
A fan favorite known for his big voice and even bigger dance moves, Blue was crowned the winner of The Voice on Tuesday.
This marks the first ever win for Blue’s coach, Alicia Keys, who will not be returning to the iconic red chairs next season.
“I am so honored to be able to call her not only coach, but friend,” Blue said of Keys following the show.
“I think that is the most important thing. Because I wanted to work with someone I felt actually cared about me. I really feel like she cares about Chris. That means a lot because I care about [her] a lot.”
During the blind auditions, Keys was the only coach still in need of an artist when Blue performed the 1965 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hit “The Tracks of My Tears.”
Blue got his start in music at a young age when his mom put him and his siblings in a band, and they sang at local churches.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, by BRIANNE TRACY