An 18-year-old Nigerian teenage girl, Ruti Olajugbagbe has won The Voice UK 2018.
According to The Sun UK, Ruti who was mentored by Sir Tom Jones on the ITV show, triumphed during last night’s final, which saw her pip 16-year-old Donel Mangena to the crown.
Ruti narrowly beat 16-year-old Donel to the title
While speaking after her win, she said: “I wasn’t expecting it to be so soon. I didn’t expect to get to the blind auditions; I didn’t expect anyone to turn. I don’t know what to say. Thank you Tom.”
Donel was equally pleased, despite coming runner up. He told host Emma Willis: “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.”
To secure her winning position, Ruti duetted with Tom for a beautiful version of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ as well as belting out Daniel Bedingfield’s If You’re Not the One, showing off her new found confidence.