19 July 2012 10:38 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In an expected, yet promising end to ABC's first season of "Duets," amateur J Rome was chosen by American audiences as the star of the show, earning him a contract with Hollywood Records and the chance to turn his musical ambitions into a career.

"I didn't have any thoughts [when I won], it was an out of body experience," he tells Zap2It following the Thursday's (July 19) finale. "But it felt good. It felt really good and I'm just happy that I got to be up there with John [Glosson], and I'm grateful to Jennifer [Nettles] for everything."

As far as his creative aims, J Rome hopes to simply "make music," but will likely gear his sound in the direction of R&B and pop. His partner, country star Jennifer Nettles, agrees with the idea.

"I loved those vocal performances that were big, long soaring melodies," the singer remarks on J Rome's best sets of the series. »

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