“I had no expectations coming into this,” admitted Maelyn Jarmon, age 26, after winning “The Voice” Season 16 during Tuesday night’s finale. Host Carson Daly grabbed the Frisco, Texas native for a quick interview at the end of the two-hour live show as confetti fell from the ceiling. “I owe it to everyone who voted and streamed my songs. I do this for you,” declared Maelyn, who triumphed despite being deaf in one ear. Watch her winning moment in “The Voice” video above.
“And I’m so grateful to John Legend for believing in me and being the best coach possible,” Maelyn continued. “I knew we’d work well together and we did. I’m so grateful to everybody on the crew of NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ They’ve been absolutely amazing.” Carson then congratulated Maeyln and her coach John, who won the championship on his very first season.
Heading into the highly anticipated finale, only four artists remained: Maelyn from Team John Legend and Gyth Rigdon, Dexter Roberts and Andrew Sevener from Team Blake Shelton. It’s quite possible that all three country boys split the vote, which allowed Maelyn to rise to the top. Or perhaps America simply voted for Maelyn because they felt she most deserved to join “The Voice” winners list.
All season long “The Voice” fans have been making their predictions at Gold Derby for who they thought would prevail, and Maelyn topped our winner’s chart with leading 7/10 racetrack odds. Our readers also correctly predicted that Gyth would come in second place (13/10 odds), Dexter would place third (24/25 odds) and Andrew would place fourth (3/5 odds). See more “The Voice” odds and rankings.
During Monday’s finale performance episode, Maelyn performed three songs for America’s votes: her solo cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah,” her coach duet with John of “Unforgettable” and her original song “Wait for You.” According to our overnight poll, fans thought that “Hallelujah” was her best performance of the night as it topped our poll results with 79% of the vote.