The Voice Kids crowns its winner as live final suffers technical hitch

Viewers were full of praise for all four contestants – and Emma Willis's smooth presenting

The Voice Kids 2019, ITV Pictures

Some TV stars get famous by lounging in the Mallorcan sun for an entire summer; others find recognition by belting out tunes live on the telly in front of four judges, some spinny chairs, and an audience of millions… all at an impressively young age.

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The Voice Kids is the sort of uplifting show that’s needed in these choppy times. The junior spin-off to the main series showcases some serious talent – young vocal chords that were on display during Saturday’s live final.

Four singers took to the stage – Danny Jones’ act Sam Wilkinson, Team will.i.am’s Lil Shan Shan, Pixie Lott’s Gracie-Jayne Fitzgerald and Keira Laver (mentored by Jessie J) – in a bid to be crowned series three’s champion.

After a public vote, it was Danny’s act Sam who emerged as the winner after impressing with his solo performance of his own original track – Everything’s All Right – before taking to the stage with the McFly singer for a rendition of Hey Jude by The Beatles.

But the final was not without its difficulties with a technical hitch occurring as Gracie-Jayne was about to sing Nina Simone’s Feeling Good as her solo performance. An awkward pause after the audience applause led host Emma Willis to re-emerge on stage to explain the delay.

“Hi, so during live shows was have technical difficulties and that is what is happening right now and I think Gracie-Jayne couldn’t hear the music,” she said, adding:  “When the band are ready, we’re going to get going.”

Willis and Gracie-Jayne’s calm handling of the situation did not go unnoticed by viewers:

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And many took to Twitter after the show to praise its uplifting format and championing of young talent: