FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) ̵
It was a cold day.
"Chevel is so popular here in Farmington, and this cold is worth it!" says Laura Simkins.
It was windy, too, but that did not stop hundreds of fans from showing up at Farmington High School on Saturday.
"We wanted to make sure we could come in because we knew it was going to be a huge crowd," says Victor Sandoval.
Everyone was waiting for Chevel Shepherd to come home. She sang on "The Voice" and eventually won the entire competition.
But the moment she's looking forward the most, she's home.
It's the first time that the 16-year-old Farmington is native since her whirlwind victory in the popular show home.
"I spent months at the hotel, away from all my friends at home and my dad and friends and everything else," says Chevel Shepherd.
Chevel loves to sing and could not believe that three of the four judges put their chairs for her.
"Honestly, I do not know how I stayed calm and kept singing while the coaches kept turning to me, I was really excited inside, so I'm doing it I do not know how I kept my posture ", she says.
She remained calm enough to win everything.
"I do not know what's going to happen, it was crazy, and after I called my name, I was crazy." Kelly freaked out, "she says.
From Mayor Nate Duckett to a full week after the city teen says she is proud to represent New Mexico and Farmington.
"I feel good and inspire the people of Farmington and throughout the state of New Mexico to do whatever they want," says Chevel.
Chevel wants to spend the holidays in Farmington with her family.
Afterwards she will work with her coach Kelly Clarkson on her debut album.