Last night, 28 year old Leanne Mitchell won television talent show The Voice on BBC One.
In a grand final that included guest performances from chart topping singer Ed Sheeran and international stars, Maroon 5 (fronted by The Voice USA coach, Adam Levine), Leanne triumphed over the other finalists, Bo Bruce, Tyler James and Vince Kidd with powerful interpretations of James Brown’s ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’ and Whitney Houston’s ‘Run To You’.
Looking shocked when she was crowned winner, Leanne said “Thank you everyone. I’m starting to believe in myself,” having wowed the British public with a voice that blew away her timid off-stage demeanour whenever she stood in front of a microphone. Her mentor, Sir Tom Jones (who she dueted with on the show, singing his 2000 hit ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’), meanwhile said “Well there is some justice in the world” clearly agreeing that the best voice won.
Highlights of the night included a duet between Tyler James and his coach Will.I.Am which involved flying around the stage on wires and a mega mix performance by all four judges singing a combination of their respective songs – Jessie J opening the segment by tearing into the Tom Jones classic, ‘It’s Not Unusual’. But at the end of the night it was the stripped back performances of Leanne that truly stole the show.
Having won the competition, Leanne will now receive £100,000 and a record deal with Universal Republic.
Watch Leanne’s breath-taking performance of ‘Run To You’ below.