LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Jake Hoot, a 31-year-old country music artist, was crowned as the champion of the seventeenth season of NBC’s televised talent show The Voice.
Hoot, who was originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, and currently living in Cookeville, Tenn., was recognized by the show’s judges and fans for his dynamic vocal range and stage presence.
Hoot faced tough competition from the other Top 4 finalists — Ricky Duran from Team Blake, Katie Kadan from Team Legend and Rose Short from Team Gwen. This was the first finale in seven seasons in which all four coaches had an artist competing in the finale.
Hoots debuted on The Voice stage when he auditioned with a rendition of Luke Combs’ “When It Rains It Pours” and his other performances over the course of the season included “Danny’s Song” by Loggins & Messina, “Every Light in the House” by Trace Adkins, “That Ain’t My Truck” by Rhett Akins and “Desperado” by the Eagles.
On Monday night Hoot debuted his original single, “Better Off Without You,” which he wrote along with David Allan Pahanish. Clarkson, who served as his coach for his run, joined Hoot on stage for a duet of “Wintersong” by Sarah McLachlan, and he performed a rendition of Lonestar’s “Amazed.”
Last week Hoot hit #1 on both the Overall Singles chart and the Country Singles chart in iTunes with his cover of “Desperado.” He reached the Top 10 on the Country Singles chart with seven different songs this season, with two of those hitting #1.
As champion of “The Voice,” Hoot has earned the grand prize of a recording contract.