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Season 15 champion, nicknamed "My Country Tinkerbell" by her coach Kelly Clarkson, is none other than New Mexico-born Chevel Shepherd, 16.
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LOS ANGELES – Moments after Chevel Shepherd was named Tuesday in Season 15 of "The Voice" her coach Kelly Clarkson was amazed at the 16 19659007: "She made it a pure land, and it's beautiful, I listened to her last night, and I thought," I remember as I did when I was like her. You only remember that point in your life, "she told USA TODAY as her eyes pondered on the performance and memory. "I'm so glad it's not on video, I'm always crying … My make-up artist hates me."

Shepherd took her cue from her carriage and said that she would cry now. Clarkson gave a piece of advice: "Do not come to me, fight him."

But all tears were joyful when the teenager from New Mexico and the superstar coaches celebrated the victory of the NBC singing contest with a press conference, photos and numerous interviews. And there was no tearful joy.

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Cheval Shepherd, a 16-year-old from New Mexico, along with three other finalists on Tuesday with the Season 15 finale of "The Voice" the winner. (Photo: Trae Patton, NBC)

"It's crazy, I'm so excited," Shepherd told the USA TODAY.

"It feels damn great to win again," Clarkson said, enjoying her second trip to The Voice after Brynn Cartelli won in the 14th season of the spring. "I've believed in Chevel since the Blind Auditions, which was a little favorite of mine."

She was particularly pleased to have won against her fellow player and country music star Blake Shelton, a frequent "Voice" winner. He has been a master of the country's rivals, including two in the last four days of the team, Chris Kroeze and Kirk Jay.

"We beat Blake with a country artist!" Clarkson said triumphantly, squeezing her arm in one overhand motion and shouting, "Boosh, that's like the best, drop the microphone."

Shepherd was not sure if he would enter the final show on Tuesday, meaning almost two hours of musical performance. With about five minutes of tension, the suspense ended when host Carson Daly announced the elimination and the winner.

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