'The Voice' crowns second-season champion

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 11:03 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jermaine Paul was front and center on "The Voice."

The 33-year-old background singer from Harriman, N.Y., was declared the winner of the NBC singing competition Tuesday. Paul was coached by "Voice" mentor Blake Shelton.

He bested 26-year-old indie rocker Juliet Simms of San Francisco, 36-year-old former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca of Detroit and 30-year-old classical singer Chris Mann of Wichita, Kan.

Paul wins the show's grand prize of $100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.

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