– All right, y’all know my side hustle is a little show called “The Voice.” I’m just saying, the
number one, most-watched, primetime network show of the decade. (audience cheering) I mean, this season, my
team kind of crushed it. Again, sorry, not sorry, Blake. My third win, what? Percentage-wise, I’m kicking your word-I-can’t-say-on-daytime-TV. I am so proud, though, of my next guest for winning this season. I believed in him from the blinds. I’m so in love with his
voice, his person, everything. Please welcome Jake Hoot, y’all. (audience cheering) (audience whooping) I know, I know. – Thank you. – It’s gonna happen everywhere
you go till you die. – Yeah, I could get used to it. I mean, it sounds great. – I had to get used to ah, Kelly Clarkson, so this is yours. So, wait, you won “The Voice,” so I know everybody’s asking
you this question, like, what did it mean to you? But not just what did it mean to you, but I think it’s cooler because at 31, to be able to establish
yourself in the music scene and really get to make
your dreams come true, that’s a really cool lesson
for everybody out there, as well, watching that thinks,
oh, it’s over, you know? And I missed my chance? I think that’s the coolest part of this. People got behind you
because they love your music. They love you. When you won, what was that feeling like? – All I could think about was, you know. That’s why I bumped Ricky right before. I was like, oh, Ricky’s
the guy that’s always like, you got this, buddy, you know. And then they said my name, and I originally wanted to go
hug him and like pick him up, but then they said my name
and I was like, oh God, and the air knocked out of me and I had joked earlier on. I was like, if I win, I’m gonna faint. And when the wind got knocked out me, I was like, oh, God, no,
please don’t let me faint now. Just complete shock. – It was so cool. I know that you got all teary-eyed. You were like I will not cry on camera. I will not cry. It was beautiful. – Then I looked at you
and you were crying. I was like, nope, don’t look at me. Don’t look at me. (audience laughs)
– Don’t look at my face. Look away. I’m a contagious crier as well. People know this. I love this, though. Tell everyone what your
fans are calling themselves ’cause I just love that
you get to say this. – They call themselves the Hooters. – Exactly.
– Yeah, which, yeah. – The worst name. – Yeah, it’s been amazing. You know, Dad was called Hooter back when he was in high school, and then my older brother
was called Hooter, and then I was called Hooter, and now that so many people
want to get behind it, and then even Hooters has reached out and they want to get behind it. (audience laughs) – [Kelly] I’m just saying,
they’re good wings. – Absolutely.
– This is like, yeah. I don’t go for the hooters,
but I go for the wings, yeah. – Same, same. – But all hooters are welcome here. Okay, all right, Jake. I do want to hear you sing. I love this song. You wrote this original song and you were the only one, actually, the finalist to write your original song, and I thought that was very
telling of you as an artist as well as where you want to go. So, you want to sing it for ’em? – Absolutely.
– All right, this is called “Better Off Without You.” Give it up for “The Voice”
Season 17 winner, Jake Hoot! (audience cheering) (band playing “Better Off Without You”) ♪ Man, this loneliness
is tearing me apart ♪ ♪ I wonder ♪ ♪ What’s holding together
this broken heart ♪ ♪ Don’t know what’s up or down ♪ ♪ Can’t tell sight from sound ♪ ♪ I can see the thunder
and hear the dark ♪ ♪ And it’s plain to see I’m
better off without you ♪ ♪ Strange to think how
much I’ve allowed you ♪ ♪ To make me feel like
I was in the wrong ♪ ♪ You had the right to
turn my world around ♪ ♪ That’s all right ♪ ♪ Better off without you ♪ ♪ Now the dust has settled ♪ ♪ It’s clear to me ♪ ♪ Things were ♪ ♪ Never what they appear to be ♪ ♪ All the lies you told ♪ ♪ Like you were only mine to hold ♪ ♪ Should have known all along
you were bound to leave ♪ ♪ Now it’s plain to see I’m
better off without you ♪ ♪ Strange to think how
much I’ve allowed you ♪ ♪ Made me feel like I was in the wrong ♪ ♪ You had the right to run around town ♪ ♪ Every night ♪ ♪ I’m better off without you ♪ ♪ Sun’s gonna shine one of these days ♪ ♪ One of these days ♪ ♪ Rain’s gonna stop ♪ ♪ Clouds’ gonna break ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Made me feel like I was in the wrong ♪ ♪ You had the right to
turn my world around ♪ ♪ That’s all right, yeah ♪ ♪ I’m better off without you ♪ ♪ I’m better off ♪ ♪ I’m better off without you ♪ ♪ I’m better off ♪ (audience cheering) I’m like such a super fan. I’m such a super fan. I sang every word. I was like, man, I
should have gotten a mic and sang like backgrounds. I love that song! I’m like such a fan. Since you sent it to me, like, before even the finale, I
was like this is such a jam. I love this song. Jake Hoot, everybody! (audience cheering)