LOS ANGELES (WEAU) -- Chris Kroeze has a lot to be proud of.
With the support of thousands of fans in Wisconsin, Minnesota and across the nation, Kroeze came in second place on NBC's 15 season of "The Voice". It came down to our hometown Southern rocker and an old-school country singer, and in the end 16-year-old Chevel Sheperd took the crown Tuesday night, in a star-studded show that included kroeze performing with 'The Doobie Brothers'.
After his incredible run, Kroeze made it clear that just because his run on "The Voice" is over, he's not going to be leaving the spotlight. He said, "When I get home, we're going to start working on the live shows and we're going to start playing live shows and put some new music out and uh, it's going to be one crazy year."
There's been no shortage of community support here in Wisconsin for Kroeze during the show's season, and the finale was no different. Local watch parties were held across Western Wisconsin, and at Micon Cinema in Eau Claire, where attendees say they were excited to show their support, regardless of the results. In attendance was Kroeze's cousin John Pond, who said "If he makes it even to the top four, he's going to be a winner. He's going to have so much exposure. Blake is probably going to take care of him somehow. this is going to be the launch for what he loves to do." Shelton has praised Kroeze throughout the competition for not only his singing, but his guitar skills.
During the watch party, a number of prizes were given away including country jam tickets. Kroeze is set to perform at the event this coming July.