Huntley, a 23-year-old singer from Nashville, Tennessee, was crowned the winner of The Voice season 24 on Tuesday night. His victory marks the second consecutive win for coach Niall Horan, who only joined the show two seasons ago.
Huntley Wows Viewers and Coaches with Unique Sound and Infectious Stage Presence
Huntley impressed The Voice judges and viewers all season with his powerful vocals, infectiously fun personality, and unique sound that blended country, soul, and rock influences. Though he turned all 4 chairs in the Blinds with his rendition of “What Can I Say” by Band of Horses, Huntley chose to be on Team Niall.
Throughout the competition, Huntley wowed with performances of songs like “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “When She Loved Me” by Sarah McLachlan, and “Jealous” by Labrinth. His final competitive performance before the Instant Save vote was Beyonce’s “If I Were a Boy,” which showcased his incredible vocal range.
After winning the Instant Save vote last week with his soulful, husky-voiced cover of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” Huntley sealed his victory with a moving original song, “Going Going Gone,” in Monday’s finale performances. Niall praised Huntley’s artistry, saying, “That is the sign of a true artist, being able to stand up on a huge platform like this and play your own song. I’m really proud of you.”
Close Race to the Finish for Runner-Up Finalists
The Voice finale came down to the wire between Huntley and 4 other incredible finalists, each of whom had been saved by America’s Instant Save vote in previous weeks.
17-year old pop artist Lila Forde from Orlando, FL, the youngest finalist, impressed with her powerful vocals that earned chair turns from John Legend and Niall Horan in the Blinds. Country-rock singer Ruby Jaye from Alaska brought storytelling and grit to her performances each week. Gifted vocalists Mara Justine and Morgan Myles rounded out the talented Top 5. Ultimately, Huntley pulled ahead with America’s vote, but each finalist has promising music careers ahead after their journeys on The Voice stage.
Performances from The Voice Family Energize Crowd Before Winner Revealed
The Voice pulled out all the stops for a star-studded finale, including memorable performances from Dan + Shay, country star Lainey Wilson, pop rock band AJR, and season 23 winner Bryce Leatherwood. The Top 5 reprised their Blind Audition songs alongside their coaches, reminding viewers just how far they’ve come.
And the celebration didn’t end after Huntley’s win – he closed out the show with an encore performance of his winner’s single “Going Going Gone” alongside Coach Niall Horan. It was a high-energy event fitting to cap off an incredible season.
What’s Next for New Champion Huntley?
For new winner Huntley, his thrilling victory is just the beginning. As part of his winner’s package, he’ll receive a recording contract and be able to release new music in 2024 post-show. Niall has proven he is invested in helping guide past team members’ careers, collaborating with season 23 champ Bryce Leatherwood on the ballad “Darlin'” earlier this year. Fans are hopeful for more new music from Huntley soon as he determines the sound for his first releases as The Voice champion.
This season 24 victory also cements Niall Horan as a dominant new coach to watch on the singing competition, scoring back-to-back wins in his first two seasons. Ratings for the show were up from recent seasons. As new Coach Chance the Rapper makes his debut for the upcoming spring 2023 season, he’ll look to challenge Niall’s champions. But for now, the spotlight is shining on charismatic winner Huntley and the limitless possibilities ahead.
What Other Compelling Stories Emerged This Season?
Beyond Huntley’s triumphant season 24 run, The Voice featured other compelling storylines and standout artists. Three of Huntley’s fellow finalists had notched unprecedented 4-chair turns in the Blinds: pop singers Morgan Myles and Lila Forde plus country rocker Ruby Jaye.
Blake Shelton landed his youngest team member ever, 15-year-old The Marilynds trio. And an incredible 4 artists this season hit the top 10 on the iTunes charts after their performances, showing the power of the show to amplify artists.
With many artists already lining up releases, collaborations, and touring opportunities, The Voice continues to achieve its goal of launching promising musical careers. And the show itself heads into its 25th season next spring ready to introduce another round of incredible undiscovered talent.
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