Zimbabwean teenager Blessing Chitapa has emerged as the winner of the ninth season of singing competition television show The Voice UK.
Having performed well during the blind auditions, Chitapa blew pop star and The Voice judge Olly Murs away with her rendition of I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James. Murs, being the only judge to turn his chair around, automatically became her mentor.
Following a fierce singing battle against three other competitors – Jonny Brooks, Brooke Scullion and Gevanni Hutton – Chitapa came out tops. She sang Robbie Williams’ Angels, James Bay’s Hold Back The River and a duet with Murs.
Chitapa said: “I am so proud of how far I have come and I’m so intrigued to see what the future holds for me! I’m hoping my new single, Angels, can bless and inspire people to think about a certain someone in their life who has always been there for them.
“Winning the competition is my biggest achievement yet. It has been an honour and my privilege and it has been unforgettable.”
The Voice UK is based on Dutch talent show The Voice of Holland, which was created by John de Mol (Big Brother) and is produced for ITV by ITV Studios. The ninth season started airing in January this year but the semi-final and final were delayed by Covid-19 until this month.
Nigerian singer Funsho won through in style after taking part in the blind auditions for season 15 of US singing competition series The Voice.
The 29-year-old Nigerian vocalist sang Bruno Mars’ Finesse and impressed judges Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, who all tried to get him on their team.
Citing his influences as singers Sade, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill and Outkast, Funsho said: “I’m inspired by people who push the envelope when it comes to visual style, their message and the boundaries of their sound.”
Deciding to be on Adam’s team, Funsho added: “Going into my audition I intended on picking Adam. I’ve always been a fan of Adam and Maroon 5, and I just appreciate his artistry and what he’s done on the show, his tenure, being there since season one.
“I just felt he would be the best person to work with on the show because he knows the ins and outs. He’s been through it 14 times already. And then him saying all the complimentary things only reassured that even further.”
Funsho has released music including a debut album called Love Acoustically, a follow-up called S.H.E. (Sounds Have Emotions) in 2015 and an EP called The Free Love earlier this year. The Voice airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.