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Jordan Smith crowned champion of 'The Voice'

From the moment Jordan Smith stepped onto "The Voice" stage back in September with his blind audition of Sia's "Chandelier," the coaches knew he was something special. And on Tuesday night, when Jordan was crowned champion for season nine, it felt like a whole story was coming to its natural close.

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Adam Levine gives Jordan Smith a congratulatory champion's hug on "The Voice."

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Adam Levine, who called it all the way back then (noting that Jordan was "the most important person that's ever been on this show" just before snagging the singer for his team), immediately rushed to embrace Jordan, who covered his mouth in delight and seemed truly stunned by the victory.

And after a moment of holding the trophy and a quick hug with mom and dad, the 21-year-old jumped right back in to what he does best: singing. He launched into "Climb Every Mountain" from the soundtrack of "The Sound of Music" to the roars of the audience and delight of everyone onstage.

A college student from Harlan, Kentucky, Smith covered the pop spectrum during his time on the show, and his rendition on Dec. 7 of Queen's "Somebody to Love" actually knocked Adele's "Hello" off the iTunes chart. He has his next No. 1 iTunes hit with the Christmas standard "Mary, Did You Know?"

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Here's hoping he continues to climb the heights. (He'll start by appearing on TODAY Thursday morning.)

"The Voice" returns to NBC for its 10th season in 2016.

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