Chris Blue won season 12 of “The Voice” over frontrunner Lauren Duski in the closest vote in the history of the show. Duski, who was coached by five-time past champ Blake Shelton, had been tipped to win Tuesday’s finale based on her performances Monday night. She claimed the two top slots on iTunes with her original song “Deja Vu” and her cover of the Garth Brooks classic “The Dance.” And Duski was the only one of the final four to co-write her would-be winner’s single.
Blue, who was mentored by Alicia Keys, had also scored two songs in the iTunes top 10: he was in third with the original “Money On You” and ninth with his cover of Janet Jackson‘s “Rhythm Nation.” Adam Levine‘s artist Jesse Larson had made it to fifth on the chart with the original song “Woman”; he ended up in fourth place. Shelton’ other act, Aliyah Moulden, may have only been in the seventh slot on the chart with her original fare “Never Be Lonely” but she managed to edge out Larson for third.
We asked where you would rank Duski among the 12 also-rans on “The Voice” to date. Not surprisingly, with her having just missed out on the win, you gave Duski half of your votes as the best of the runners-up. If you haven’t yet vote in our poll at the bottom of this post and sound off in the comments section.
Below, a listing of the first 11 runners-up, including who bested them.
Season 1: Dia Frampton (lost to Javier Colon).
Season 2: Juliet Simms (lost to Jermaine Paul).
Season 3: Terry McDermott (lost to Cassadee Pope).
Season 4: Michelle Chamuel (lost to Danielle Bradbery).
Season 5 : Jacquie Lee (lost to Tessanne Chin).
Season 6: Jake Worthington (lost to Josh Kaufman).
Season 7: Matt McAndrew (lost to Craig Wayne Boyd).
Season 8: Meghan Linsey (lost to Sawyer Fredericks).
Season 9: Emily Ann Roberts (lost to Jordan Smith).
Season 10: Adam Wakefield (lost to Alisan Porter).
Season 11: Billy Gilman (lost to Sundance Head).