A Nigerian lady Ruti Olajugbagbe has won the 2018 edition of The Voice UK.
18-year-old Ruti Olajugbagbe was crowned the winner of The Voice 2018 on Saturday night beating runner-up Donel Mangena. Ruti broke down in tears after host Emma Willis announced her as the winner, with her coach Sir Tom Jones gushing earlier in the show that is a ‘wonderful, magical, sincere’ singer.
Speaking after her victory Ruti said:
‘I wasn’t expecting this… I didn’t expect to get to the blind audition, I don’t know what to say!’
Ruti Olajugbagbe won £100,000 prize, as well as a deal with Republic Records.
Runner-up Donel was equally gracious as he congratulated Ruti on her victory, saying:
‘Thank you so much. I’ve loved every second of it. To have come runner-up, it’s amazing. Working with will.i.am has been my highlight. I’m so happy, as happy as Ruti.’
It was a nail-biting final which saw the last four contestants battle it out for the £100,000 prize, as well as a deal with Republic Records.
Ruti was crowned champion after three incredible performances, with her final song – Dreams by The Cranberries – to be released as her debut single Daily Mail reported.