On Tuesday, December 13, the popular singing competition show revealed that the Cherokee County native placed first, taking home the title of The Voice.
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Following his Leatherwood’s big win, Shelton took to social media to celebrate.
“YOUR SEASON 22 @nbcthevoice WINNER EVERYBODY!!!! BRYCE LEATHERWOOD!!!! I’m such a proud coach.. @leatherwood222, you are so damn deserving of this. Thank you America and GET READY WORLD!!! #TeamBlake”
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) December 14, 2022
Leatherwood’s win marks coach Blake Shelton’s ninth win during his 22 seasons as a coach on The Voice. Team Blake’s last win on The Voice was during Season 20 of The Voice in 2021 when Cam Anthony took home the title.
The 22-year-old joins previous Team Blake winners Cam Anthony, Jermaine Paul, Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Craig Wayne Boyd, Sundance Head and Chloe Kohanski. Shelton holds the title of the most wins for any coach on The Voice.
Prior to being named the winner, Leatherwood took to the stage to perform alongside his coach Blake Shelton. The standout contestant and country superstar joined forces to perform the “Hillbilly Bone,” a duet that originally features Shelton and Trace Adkins.
Joined by a backing band and several dancers, Leatherwood and Shelton traded verses to the chart-topping country hit and at times flawlessly blended their vocals.
“We all got a hillbilly bone down deep inside / No matter where you from you just can’t hide it / And when the band starts banging and the fiddle saws / You can’t help but a hollerin’, Yee Haw! / When you see them pretty little country queens / Man you got to admit that’s in them genes / Aren’t nothing wrong, just gettin’ on your / Hillbilly bone-ba-bone-ba-bone-bone,” Leatherwood and Shelton sang in perfect sync on the tune’s chorus.
“I always wanted to sing a bone song with Bryce on NBC,” Shelton shouted during their duet. Leatherwood added, “I’ve always wanted to sing a song with Blake Shelton!”
Leatherwood also shared what lesson he learned from his coach during his time on the show.
“The biggest lesson I’ll take away is, be myself, be yourself and be who you are. Number two, have fun, man. We’re all here and this is the greatest experience I’ve had in my life,” Leatherwood shared of Shelton before being named the winner.
Throughout Season 22 of The Voice, Leatherwood has remained a fan-favorite contestant since he first took to the NBC studios stage during his blind audition, where he performed a cover of Conway Twitty’s “Goodbye Time.”
Bryce Leatherwood has also continuously impressed The Voice coaches (Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Camila Cabello) since his blind audition, where he blew away Blake Shelton with his vocal abilities.
Shelton has even compared Leatherwood’s vocals to “the King of Country Music,” George Strait. “Bryce, you’re 22, and I don’t know how much experience you have onstage,” Shelton previously gushed. ”Seems like you’ve got about 40 years…. You’re one of those guys that’s like George Strait. You deliver and it’s solid.”
Leatherwood has showcased his southern drawl on the show with covers of Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road,” George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning,” Morgan Wallen’s “Sand In My Boots,” Travis Tritt’s “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and more.
The season 22 finale of NBC’s The Voice aired live from Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening (Dec. 13) at 9/8c on NBC and will air again tomorrow (Dec. 14) on Peacock.
The two-hour finale also featured performances from Kelly Clarkson, Maluma, OneRepublic, Adam Lambert, BRELAND and the season 21 winner of The Voice, Girl Named Tom.
The Voice coaches—Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello and John Legend—also took to the stage alongside The Voice finalists—Omar Jose Cardona, Brayden Lape, Bryce Leatherwood, Morgan Myles, and bodie.
In addition to performing alongside Team Blake finalists, Shelton also joined Kane Brown to deliver the live debut of their brand-new duet, “Different Man.”