Chances were always good that a Texan would win The Voice this season. Chances were even better that champion coach Blake Shelton would, too.
And so it was Tuesday night when Houston's Sundance Head, 37, was the last man standing, with a trophy, $100,000 and a CD at ready.
Midway through the season, five of the 20 contestants left were from the Great State of Texas.
That included four North Texans: Dana Harper of Dallas; Arlington's Simone Gundy; Austin Allsup of Fort Worth; and Josh Halverson of Denton.
During the two-night finale, the former American Idol contestant and self-proclaimed "Founder of Soul Country" performed a heartfelt original inspired by his wife: "Darlin' Don't Go."
He also sang a cover, "At Last," one that everyone tries but few master. He doo-wopped that song almost into an original.
His performance over the course of the season brought Shelton his fifth victory, but his first in several years. Don't call it a comeback; he just knows how to pick them.
"This guy deserves to be a star," said Shelton at the press conference following the show.
Head seemed surprised when his name was called as the winner, a thought perhaps solidified by a message on his website under the heading "Thank you Thank you Thank you": "Words just can't describe how thankful I am to have the support of all of you. I never could have dreamed that I would win the Voice [sic]"...
The final four included runner-up Billy Gilman of Team Adam (Levine); second runner-up We McDonald of Team Alicia (Keys); and third runner-up Josh Gallagher (Team Blake).
The Voice returns on Feb. 27. Judge Gwen Stefani will return to the judge's chair, joining Levine, Shelton and Keys.
Miley Cyrus, who didn't have a singer among the finalists, will return for the thirteenth season.