The finale of The Voice UK 2020 took place on ITV tonight and viewers watched as the winner of the ninth series, Blessing Chitapa was crowned champion. Winning Coach Olly Murs, makes it two wins in a row as his finalist, 18 year old Blessing Chitapa from Dudley, walked off with the coveted prize and along with it, a recording contract with Universal's label UMOD.
Olly Murs said: "Blessing absolutely deserves to be crowned the winner of this year's Voice UK! I've always believed in her from the start, and to think that I was the only Coach who turned for her is amazing. She's got an incredible voice, infectious personality and has a bright future ahead of her. I can't wait to see what she does next."
Blessing Chitapa said: "Winning The Voice UK 2020 is my biggest achievement yet. 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."
This series, filmed at dock10 studios, which was paused earlier this year due to COVID-19, came to a conclusion in front of a virtual audience, who ultimately decided their winner.
The final, hosted by Emma Willis, saw Coaches Sir Tom Jones, Olly Murs and will.i.am give a breath-taking performance of Elton's John's 'Saturday Nights All Right for Fighting'. Viewers of the show also saw guest artist Celeste perform her latest single 'A Little Love', which features on the new John Lewis Christmas advert.
Each of the remaining four performers sang their hearts out to fight for the crown with Brooke Scullion (Team Meghan) performing Stevie Nicks' Edge of Seventeen; Gevanni Hutton (Team Will) performing Carole King's You've Got A Friend; Jonny Brooks (Team Tom) performing Harry Styles' Falling and Blessing Chitapa (Team Olly) singing Marisha Wallace's Before I Go.
The four finalists also got the unique opportunity to duet with their Coaches. Jonny Brooks took to the stage with legend Sir Tom Jones to duet Dobie Gray's Drift Away. Brooke Scullion followed with a duet with British singing sensation Ella Eyre (in place of Coach Meghan Trainor who remained in the US and joined the show via live video link) and sang Rag N' Bone Man's Giant. Gevanni Hutton followed singing Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry with Grammy Award winning artist will.i.am. And Blessing Chitapa performed James Bay's Hold Back The River with Global popstar Olly Murs.
With the virtual audience, who were beamed into the dock10 studio from their homes, then voting Blessing Chitapa and Jonny Brooks through to sing one last time. With Blessing singing Robbie Williams Angels and Jonny Brooks singing Torn by Natalie Imbruglia – their respective winners singles – the virtual audience made their final decision of the night and voted Blessing as the winner of The Voice UK 2020 – meaning Olly Murs is undefeated and retains his title as winning Coach.