ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles District 303 grad did not win a nationally televised singing competition Tuesday, but he is forever grateful for the experience.
Jeffery Austin, 24, finished in fourth place on the ninth season of NBC’s “The Voice.” The results were announced Tuesday night in the last few minutes of a four-hour, two-part finale that began Monday.
Kentucky native Jordan Smith, 22, received enough votes to be declared the winner of the show.
Austin, whose real last name is McClelland, graduated from St. Charles North High School in 2009. He said he auditioned for the show in January on a whim and survived multiple eliminations to become one of the show’s four finalists.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for getting me here and giving me the most amazing experience of my life,” Austin wrote Tuesday night on his Twitter account after the show. “I’ve loved every minute.”
Austin sang multiple times on the show Monday and Tuesday. He performed Don Henley and Stevie Nick’s song “Leather and Lace” with Gwen Stefani, his “Voice” coach and No Doubt singer.
On Tuesday Austin and singer Tori Kelly performed a duet of her song “Hollow.” He also sang Amy Winehouse’s song “Tears Dry on Their Own” with fifth-place contestant Madi Davis.
Austin did not appear to walk away from the show empty-handed. In a previously taped segment airing Tuesday, the finalists walked out into a clearing that contained their choice of a free Nissan vehicle.
In an email interview Friday, Austin said his life already has changed simply from being on the show.
“I know now that being an artist is what I’m meant to do,” Austin wrote.