Following his emotional win on the second season of The Voice last week, former Alicia Keys backup singer Jermaine Paul swung by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss what was going through his head on his big night. “I honestly thought I was going to be number four, and then when they called number four I thought I was going to be number three,” Paul told DeGeneres. “I just did what I always do in this whole process… I just prayed. I just had a conversation with God and said, let your will be done. Whatever it be, I’m good with it.”
Before singing Journey’s 1982 hit “Open Arms”, Jermaine discussed the ways in which his Voice coach Blake Shelton helped him throughout the season.
“He’s definitely helped me sharpen my blade and find out what I wanna do and what I wanna say as far as, not necessarily genre, but more so the voice behind The Voice,” the singer explained. “The lyrical content and what I want to say to the world — he really helped me with that.”
Later Ellen played a clip of Alicia Keys performing on the show in 2006, with Paul seated behind her on stage.