The Voice has a new winner! Gina Miles won Season 23 of The Voice, beating out NOIVAS and Grace West, on Blake Shelton‘s team, Sorelle on Chance the Rapper’s team, and D. Smooth on Kelly Clarkson‘s team to be crowned the winner.
West was the runner-up behind Miles. Host Carson Daly said, prior to announcing the winner, that this year’s season had the closest margin of victory in the history of the show.
“Your friendship and your mentorship has been very special to me, and I love you,” Miles told Horan before the winners were announced. “Thank you for choosing me, and giving me this opportunity. Love you.”
Miles performed Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away” during her blind audition, earning chair turnarounds from both Horan and Kelly Clarkson. She performed both “Style” by Taylor Swift and Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” during the finale.
West sang Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis” during her blind audition, with both Shelton and Horan turning their chairs around. She closed out the show by singing Reba McEntire‘s “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia” and Patsy Cline’s “She’s Got You.”
Ahead of the winners being announced, Daly asked both West and NOIVAS what it meant to be on Shelton’s team for his final season of The Voice.
“It’s honestly meant the world,” West said of being on Shelton’s team. “And honestly, you believing in me from the second I walked out on the stage. I know you joke around about me coming out of my shell, but I promise you, just me as a performer, I feel like I have developed so much. Your advice and your overall belief in me — thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
NOIVAS earned a three-chair turnaround during his blind audition, with his rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Shelton was blocked from picking NOIVAS. He was originally on Chance the Rapper’s team, but was stolen by Shelton during the battle rounds.
“Thank you for giving me to Blake. I really appreciate that, because I wanted the opportunity to work with him,” NOIVAS told Chance the Rapper, before addressing Shelton. “Thank you so much for believing in me. I quit music for almost seven years, and I came back. And every step of the way, you helped give me the strength to keep fighting and keep going, and I appreciate you for that.”
— Reba McEntire (@reba) May 15, 2023
“I’m excited about Reba coming on board,” Shelton told E! News. “It’s meant to be, I think. I think from the versions of the story that I’ve heard, she was the original coach that they wanted here on The Voice, to be the country representation. And so now that I’ve had my run, for her to finally get the job that she was meant to have to begin with, it will be fun. I know she’s a fan of the show, and so she’s probably had ideas of how she would do this for a long time anyway.
“I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like for those kids to get a chance to work with Reba,” he adds. “She’s one of my heroes. She’s an icon.”
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