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Whirlwind day ends with "Tonight Show" appearance for Josh Kaufman

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A whirlwind 24 hours for "The Voice" champion wrapped up with an appearance on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday night, and on Thursday, Josh Kaufman will be arriving back home in Indianapolis.

Indy's Josh Kaufman flew from L.A. to New York after winning "The Voice" Tuesday night. He was on "The TODAY Show" Wednesday morning and "Access Hollywood." Wednesday night, he made his debut on the "Tonight Show," sitting in for a performance with The Roots. He sang "Happy" right after host Jimmy Fallon finished his monologue.

"I knew from day one that he was going to win. I knew it from day one," Fallon said on the show.

Fallon asked Kaufman how "The Voice" found him.

"I just went to one of the open call auditions. I live in Indianapolis, Indiana," Kaufman said.

"I love Indianapolis! We were just there for the Super Bowl, we had the greatest time up there," Fallon said.

Kaufman told about how he had been singing in "bars and restaurants and coffee shops and whatever, studio."

"Now you'll be singing in bigger bars, bigger restaurants," Fallon said. "Now you're going to be on tour and going with thousands of people, I mean, you're famous. You did it. You won 'The Voice.' Congratulations."

Eyewitness News anchor Andrea Morehead has been with Kaufman every step of the way and asked him about the experience and playing with "The Roots."

"It was amazing. I've been a huge fan of theirs," he said. "It was unbelievable. Obviously, they're incredible musicians and to be able to just sit in the studio there and work out songs, it was fun.

"I absolutely appreciate being on his show, because obviously, he's somebody who appreciates music. It's an important part of his show and even an important part of his comedy, so yeah, it's great to be here."

Heading home

Kaufman will be arriving at Indianapolis International Airport on Thursday night, and his friends would like to throw him a little welcome-home party.

Josh is due to arrive at 9:30 pm. Fans are encouraged to bring their Fedoras and "welcome home" signs (no helium balloons, please) to greet Josh.

Ryan Noel is an old friend who is organizing the event. Ryan met Josh at Anderson University, where he was known their our circle of friends as "the most talented guy nobody knows about."

Just about everyone knows about Josh and his amazing voice now!

After being declared the winner during Tuesday night's finale, Josh was whisked to New York City on the red-eye, where he performed on the TODAY Show Wednesday morning and chatted with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.

Josh performed Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" on TODAY, and after his visit home, he'll be heading out on The Voice tour. But he promises an Indianapolis concert for his fans as soon as he can fit it in!

While the current tour schedule doesn't include a stop in Indianapolis, we're hoping a date could still be added. We'll keep you posted!

Schedule - See where the Voice tour is headed this summer

Speaking at the post-show news conference Tuesday night, Josh talked about how his win marked a turning point for the show.

"It's been so great working with Usher. And that's the story of the show - either Adam wins or Blake wins; to change that, and I think to change more things about the type of music and just some different things that we did, it's great. It's amazing," he said.

"It's definitely a great way to close season six," said Usher. He said Josh's victory changes the expectations for the show. "This obviously gives great reason and logic to come back and defend the title. But more than that, I think what Josh just said, to change the idea about what type of winner wins and what it takes to win, what type of coaching went into it. The fact that there [are] obviously second chances in life and from those second chances, something incredible can happen and that's what happened with Josh."

When a reporter asked him how it felt to be on stage while the winner was announced, Josh admitted to some butterflies.

"It had been such a stressful night and morning. I don't know what was going through my mind. It was a lot of nerves and heart racing and it felt like forever. It was mostly just anticipation and wondering what was gonna happen next," Josh said, describing the final moments of the show. He also praised fellow top 3 contestants Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie.

WTHR will be there when Josh arrives in Indy Thursday night! Watch a live stream on WTHR.com.

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