By Madeleine Grisanzio
Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local
Country singer Jake Hoot is named the winner of ‘The Voice’ season 17 finale.
After a theatrical show that surprised fans, Jake Hoot racks up the highest number of votes after only receiving one chair turn during the auditions. Coach Kelly Clarkson congratulated him and relayed her gratitude for the journey.
The 31-year old single father from Tennessee hands Kelly Clarkson her third coaching victory. Clarkson, who led contestant Brynn Cartelli to a win on season 14, says, “I’m a Hooter for life.” The fan base for Hoot was known as ‘Hooters’ throughout the season and loved to yell ‘Hoooot’ after the singer performed.
This outcome is somewhat of an unlikely victory as Jake Hoot struggled to make it past the first round. However, the team pulled ahead of the second runner up, Ricky Duran of The Blake Shelton team. Singer Katie Kadan, from team John Legend, landed third while former corrections officer Rose Short, coached by Gwen Stefani, took fourth.
This season was known to be a monumental one since it was the first in seven seasons where each team had a solid chance of being the champion. Clarkson complemented each contestant by saying how talented each singer had been that season.
Fans considered the season 17 finale as nothing short of a concert depicting many well known musical talents. Each contestant performed a duet with a guest performer in part 2 of the finale. Kadan and Adam Lambert seemingly stole the show with Cher’s ‘Believe’. Finalist Duran paired with Gary Clark Jr to do ‘Pearl Cadillac’ with a powerful guitar solo. Returning to her gospel background, Short sang ‘In the Midst of It All’ with Yolanda Adams. Winner Jake Hoot stayed true to his brand by wrapping up with Little Big Town with ‘Over drinking’
The breathtaking finale also featured other famous guests and ‘Voice’ alums including, Dua Lipa’s singing “Don’t Start Now”, and Luke Combs with “Even Though I’m Leaving”.
After Jake Hoot’s sweet victory, it was announced that Gwen Stafani will not return next season and will be replaced by Nick Jonas, a member of the Jonas Brothers Band.