‘The Voice’ Winner Chris Blue Happier For Alicia Keys’s Win — Exclusive
Not only was the 26-year-old the first winner not featured in the premiere, but he brought coach Alicia Keys her first victory.
“I was actually probably more happy for her and so many others than for myself because I know how hard she works and how much she wanted it and how bad she wanted to stick it to Blake [Shelton],” he told Wetpaint exclusively.
“I’m really happy for her!”
Chris, who is a worship leader, admitted getting the very last slot on the hit NBC singing show was nerve-wracking.
“If I didn’t have the faith that I have now, I’m pretty sure I would have probably freaked out and panicked,” he explained.
“You can see, physically, there only can be a few spots left and you’re the last one. You don’t know if all teams are filled ... or if there’s only one more spot. I had to go out there thinking, if there’s only spot left, that spot belongs to me.”
The Knoxville native snagged the final spot and the rest is history. Although he just won The Voice this week, Chris is already hard at work on his first album.
“It may sound like gospel, it may a take a gospel feel,” he shared.
“It may take a more pop approach. It may even take a reggae Carribean approach, who knows? I want to make sure the foundation of it all is people being inspired and fueled and injected with hope."
As if he isn’t busy enough, he’s also getting hitched to his fiancée Stephanie Dunkley this July, who’s been handling the wedding planning.
“I really appreciate her because, while I was here busy working on this, she’s been working on the wedding and now here we are,” he said.
“It’s all coming back full circle and it’s all coming together.”
Unlike some people who’d spend their $100,000 winnings on a fancy car or lavish vacation, Chris is just happy to be able to provide for his bride-to-be, who has battled bone marrow cancer.
“After the wedding, I think the next big thing to tackle is to purchase a nice home and take care of my soon-to-be wife and start a family,” he explained of his post-win plans.
The Voice returns this fall on NBC.