18-year-old Zimbabwean wins The Voice UK

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Blessing Chitapa has been crowned as winner Voice UK. 18-year-old singer, was born Zimbabwe and moved the UK aged seven, was named as the winner during Saturday’s episode the ITV talent competition.

She saw off competition from Jonny Brooks, was coached by Sir Tom Jones, final, theguardian.com, reports.

Chitapa, lives Dudley West Midlands, sang Robbie Williams’ Angels and James Bay’s Hold Back River in final.

The latter song was a duet her mentor Olly Murs. A tearful Chitapa said she is “so happy have sung on this stage”.

“It has been an honour and my privilege and it has been unforgettable,” she added.

After she sang Angels, Murs said, “You are just a phenomenal talent and even I am getting emotional here after that performance.”

Earlier in the series, Murs became Chitapa’s mentor after he was the only turn chair during her audition.

Chitapa said winning the competition “is my biggest achievement yet. I am so proud how far I have come and I’m so intrigued to see what the future holds for me,” she said.

Chitapa has recorded Angels as a single, which is available to download and stream.

Filming of The Voice was paused earlier this year because of the . The programme returned to television screens in October following a seven-month break.

Chitapa was chosen as the victor by the programme’s virtual audience, who voted for her to .