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'The Voice': Josh Kaufman wins

by jmaloni

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Wed, May 21st 2014 11:00 am
`The Voice`: Josh Kaufman and Usher. (NBC photo)
"The Voice": Josh Kaufman and Usher. (NBC photo)

Popular 38-year-old earned America's vote and excelled as member of Team Usher 

Josh Kaufman was crowned champion of NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" Tuesday night, earning the grand prize of a recording contract and being named as "The Voice" for season six.

Team Blake singer Jake Worthington took second, while Team Adam songstress Christina Grimmie finished third.

Kaufman, a 38-year-old from Indianapolis, was a member Team Usher. Follow him on Twitter at @IAmJoshKaufman.

A four-chair turnaround artist originally on Team Adam, Kaufman was stolen in the second round of "Battles" by Usher after Adam Levine picked Delvin Choice to move on to the playoffs.

Kaufman has been singing his entire life and supports his wife and three kids by playing local gigs and working as an SAT prep tutor. He is hoping his win on "The Voice" will allow him to stop tutoring and be a full-time musician to support his family.

The Monday edition of "The Voice" ranks as the season's No. 1 unscripted series on the "Big 4" networks in adults 18-49, averaging a 4.6 rating, 13 share and 14.8 million viewers in "most current" averages from Nielsen Media Research through the season's first 33 weeks. "The Voice" has teamed with "The Blacklist" to make NBC's Monday the No. 1 lineup on the broadcast networks in regular-program 18-49 averages this season.

Tuesday's "Voice" is averaging a 4.3/12 in 18-49 and 14.1 million viewers overall and has boosted NBC's Tuesday to the third-best average for any broadcast network regular schedule this season in adults 18-49 through 33 weeks, behind only NBC's Monday and CBS's Thursday.

"The Voice" will return in the fall with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.

Fans can visit NBC.com's official show site: http://www.nbc.com/TheVoice. Follow the show on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NBCTheVoice and on Twitter at @NBCTheVoice and #TheVoice.

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