updated 12/18/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/17/2013 AT 11:20 PM ET
Tessanne Chin and Will Champlin of Team Adam Levine and Jacquie Lee of Team Christina made the coaches’ chairs swivel during their blind auditions, then never failed to out-belt their competitors to win the hearts of their coaches, and the votes of America to earn a spot in the finals.
But only one could walk away with The Voice title.
Chin, the 28-year-old backup singer from Jamaica, proved throughout the season she had the talent to be front and center, culminating the previous night when her nuanced rendition of Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing” rendered her coach nearly speechless.
America agreed, and her victory earned her a recording contract, as well as a collaboration with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, who penned a song for the winner.
Chin burst into tears after host Carson Daly announced her name as the victor, and Levine dropped to his knees as he handed the trophy to Chin, whose mother and husband joined her onstage.