Blake Shelton‘s contestant Sundance Head won season 11 of The Voice on Tuesday night (Dec. 13).
But is that win alone cause for celebration? Or should the world wait until Head has some success off the reality show stage?
“I want to say one more thing here, because it’s important. This is Season 11 of The Voice, and I’m sitting here right now next to a guy who has won over America’s hearts,” Shelton said at a press conference after the finale, urging the music industry to take some initiative for Head’s next steps.
He went on to list Head’s accolades, popularity and his self-penned “Darlin’ Don’t Go” as reasons why he deserves all the support he can get.
According to his website, Head is the “founder of soul country,” and he spent his season on The Voice belting out songs from country’s newcomers like Maren Morris and Cole Swindell, along with tunes from veterans like the Judds and Keith Urban.
“This is the guy that I think can break the mold and become a star out of this show,” Shelton added. “And I give my word that I’ll put my work in, and I know (Sundance) will. This guy deserves to be a star, and there’s no excuses anymore. We need to make the record and put the work behind it that he deserves, to have this success that he deserves.”
After the finale, Shelton tweeted the same kind of message about what’s ahead for Head.
So proud, so happy. @sundancehead you are going to do amazing things and I can’t wait to witness it!!!
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) December 14, 2016