It is good news for Nigeria as our very own talented Ruti Olajugbagbe has been crowned the winner of The Voice UK amidst great cheer, shock and excitement.
The 18-year-old student from Essex pedalled faster to becoming the winning by the intense job her mentor, Sir Tom Jones did with her. Fending off competition from Donel Mangena, Belle Voci and Lauren Bannon in the series finale, she eventually was named the winner as was announced by the programme’s host Emma Willis.
Holding back tears after the win was announced, she gushed: “I wasn’t expecting this… I didn’t expect to get to the blind audition, I don’t know what to say!”
Olajugbagbe, who has won a record deal, thanked Sir Tom for his support and for believing in her.
Her version of Dreams by The Cranberries will be her debut single, to be released immediately after the ITV programme’s finale.
Some of the songs she sang beautifully during the show were “If You’re Not The One by Daniel Bedingfield and Dreams, her “song of the series” , after she and Mangena were revealed to be in the final two.
She will get a £100,000 cash prize and a record deal with Polydor Records. Her first single has also been made available as soon as the Voice final finished on Saturday night.