Chris Kroeze came so close to winning NBC's "The Voice," but ultimately had to settle for second place.
The 27-year-old country singer from Barron, Wisconsin, just lost out to eventual winner, 16-year-old Chevel Shepherd from New Mexico, in part 2 of the finale on Tuesday night.
Nonetheless, Kroeze has become a real star thanks to his underdog run through the show, which saw him build momentum in the past month to the point his songs were downloaded more than any other finalists' were on Apple Music.
Throughout Tuesday's show, he emphasized his local roots by tweeting #SmallTownStrong in his social media posts, after his hometown of Barron – and the whole state of Wisconsin – marked "Chris Kroeze Day" on Monday.
On Twitter after the final, Kroeze said he's "overjoyed" with his performance and said "it's just the beginning."
He drew praise for his performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" in part 1 of the finale Monday, and on Tuesday was got the chance to perform "Long Train Runnin'" alongside the legendary Doobie Brothers.