19-year-old Blake Jenner from Miami, Florida will get a 7-show stint on the groundbreaking Fox hit this season, as he edged Ali Stoker and Aylin Bayramoglu in the second season of the 11-week competition, sealing his triumph with a stellar performance of Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be”, and an emotional poem he penned.
“This is the greatest moment of my life,” Blake said. “This is the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt!”
Cast members Darren Criss, Diana Agron and Amber Riley, and the show’s writers, were consulted in making the final decision. Murphy cited Blake’s “leading-man quality” in giving him the green-light; he was impressed by Blake’s poem, calling it “a very brave and wonderful thing for you to do.”
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Later on, Blake tweeted: “Thank you to everyone for their love and support throughout this ENTIRE journey I will be grateful and thankful to you all FOREVER I PROMISE … Grateful and Thankful Forever…”
Samuel Larsen and Damian McGinty co-won last year’s competition.