It’s been 25 years since Alisan Porter graced the big screen as the curly-haired, pint-sized orphan. Now, with her win on The Voice, the 34-year-old has moved on from “former child star” to singing sensation.
“I have retired Curly Sue, she is dead! I am now the girl who won The Voice,” Porter told reporters after taking home the crown in the season 10 finale on Tuesday. “I would like you all to know. I’ve waited 30 something years for that! She’s dead!”
Porter beat out Adam Wakefield to take home the coveted crown, and she said the moment was years in the making.
“It’s so cool that’s how my career started and I’m honored to have had a great career when I was young,” she told PEOPLE. “It’s been years, decades since that was over and since I’ve been wanting this.”
Porter has been ready to shed her child star fame since the beginning, revealing in her impressive blind audition that she has long dreamed of being a singer.
“I was an actress when I was very young. It’s not my passion. This is my passion,” she told the coaches in February.
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Months later, as the final moments of the highly competitive season drew near, Porter couldn’t help but become emotional.
“I stood on stage in the dress rehearsal … and cried my eyes out. Literally, like the ugly Oprah cry,” she told PEOPLE on Tuesday. “Because I have envisioned that moment, that particular moment for some reason struck such an emotional chord with me.”
YOU. GUYS. I WON THE VOICE!!!!!!!!!!thank you from the deepest part of my heart. Everyone who voted and supported me!!!!!!
— Alisan Porter (@alisanporter) May 25, 2016
However, her win in the music competition is just the beginning for the former actress.
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Wildest dreams DO come true! Follow your heart. Never give up. NEVER let anyone tell you you can’t. You CAN. I walked through so many fears. All of my fears. Thank you to every single person who picked up a phone and voted or went to a computer and downloaded songs. I am forever indebted to you ALL! I love you and I will make you proud! All my love. ALL MY LOVE!!!!!!!!!
A photo posted by Alisan Porter (@iam_alisanporter) on May 24, 2016 at 11:48pm PDT
“The ride doesn’t end here,” she previously told PEOPLE. “I’m going to keep going and making as much music as humanly possible.”
Aguilera, who is the first female coach to have a winner, echoed Porter’s statements on Tuesday.
“Alisan Porter is born!” she said.