Usher artist Josh Kaufman surprises to win ‘The Voice’

Pop vocalist Josh Kaufman is proclaimed the ultimate 2014 champion of “The Voice.” He somewhat surprisingly took down finalists Christina Grimmie and Jake Worthington in the sixth season finale Tuesday night.

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According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, Adam Levine team member Grimmie was in first place with 1/1 odds to win this season. It was a very close lead over Kaufman, who had 12/5 odds after being stolen earlier in this season from Levine.

Country crooner Worthington for Blake Shelton‘s team was in the third spot with 4/1 odds.

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In the end, it turned out Grimmie was in the third position among these finalists. Worthington finished in second place.

The only coaches to ever win during the first five seasons of the reality program were Levine and Shelton. Levine was the top coach for the first and fifth cycles. Shelton won in the second, third, and fourth seasons.

Usher goes out on top, since he is being replaced by Pharrell Williams next fall. The other coach this year, Shakira, will be gone as well, replaced by Gwen Stefani of the rock/pop group No Doubt.

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Tuesday evening’s live show featured a parade of this year’s contenders performing to fill the two-hour slot. Other artists on the show included Alabama, Coldplay, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, OneRepublic, and Ed Sheeran.

The Voice” was an upset winner at last year’s Emmy Awards over perennial champ “The Amazing Race” as Best Reality-Competition Program. They should be facing off again this August on the 2014 ceremony.

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