The Voice UK final saw new coach Anne-Marie emerge victorious with singer Craig Eddie, who won the 2021 series last night.
The four finalists were Craig Eddie, from Team Anne-Marie, Okulaja, from Team will.i.am, Hannah Williams from Team Tom Jones, Grace Holden, from Team Olly Murs.
The final featured each singer performing twice – singing on their own and in a duet with their coach, after which came a vote to decide who would go into the final two. Grace and Craig went head-to-head, before it was announced that Craig had received the most votes from the public, and was crowned the 2021 winner of The Voice UK.
Craig appeared lost for words after his win, before telling viewers: “I still am shocked, I honestly am, thank you to everyone, thank you to Scotland, thank you to anyone who voted, thank you, Anne-Marie, for believing me and believing in me and taking me to this point to the public vote.
“Genuinely I cannot express my appreciation enough to every single person who voted.”
Last year’s winner, Blessing Chitapa also took to the stage to perform her new single I Smile.
The Voice UK final is available to stream on ITV Hub now.
Who are the contestants on The Voice UK 2021?
The Voice UK coaches now have one act each in the final, who’ll compete for the title.
You can read more about The Voice UK 2021 contestants here.
Who won the Voice UK 2020?
The 2020 series was won by 18-year-old Blessing Chitapa, who was mentored by Olly Murs.
The singer beat Sir Tom Jones’ act Jonny Brooks in the finals.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Blessing revealed how she almost picked a different mentor, saying: ““[I was thinking that] hopefully if all four turn around, I’m hoping that Meghan Trainor will be the one that I choose. But obviously I didn’t get all four and then just Olly turned.”
She added: “I feel like Olly was meant for me. He’s taught me so much and I’m glad that even not saying that it’s the wrong choice, but I’m just glad that Olly actually became my coach and has kept me through this whole competition and being able to trust him and he believed in me the most.”
When did The Voice UK return in 2021?
The 10th series started on ITV on Saturday 2nd of January at 8:30pm.
There will be 12 episodes in total, comprising of the blind auditions, the Battles, semi-finals and the final.
There was also a new format twist called The Block. During the blind auditions, the four coaches each had the opportunity to stop a fellow coach from adding a singer to their team.
Each coach was given only one chance to use their ‘Block’ button in an attempt to secure the best team possible – and weaken the chances of the other coaches.
Why wasn’t there a knockout stage on The Voice UK 2021?
Following the battles round, contestants would usually enter the knockout stage where artists perform a ‘killer song’ of their choosing and the coaches pick three members from their team to go through to the semi-finals.
However, this year the show made a format change and decided to go without this feature, instead sending all six acts from each team into the semi-finals.
Who are the coaches?
Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am and Olly Murs returned as coaches this year, along with award-winning pop star Anne-Marie who replaced Meghan Trainor on the panel.
Why isn’t Meghan Trainor judging The Voice UK 2021?
Meghan Trainor announced that she would not be returning for the 2021 series, as she plans to spend more time with her family after announcing her first pregnancy with husband Daryl Sabara.
Speaking about the news, Trainor said: “I had such a great time being a coach on the Voice UK and spending time with everyone!
The Voice UK added: “Huge congratulations to Meghan on the wonderful news she is expecting her first child. Meghan has been a fantastic coach on The Voice UK and we look forward to seeing Meghan return for the end of series nine, coming soon to ITV.
“Everyone at The Voice UK and ITV would like to wish Meghan the very best in 2021 and beyond.”
9 incredible Singers stepped out onto quite a different stage for #TheVoiceUK Semi-Final, with a virtual audience and a virtual Coach dialling in from LA! https://t.co/V5eeEuXDBX pic.twitter.com/sftqkm2VKf— The Voice UK (@thevoiceuk) November 8, 2020
Who is new coach Anne-Marie?
Anne-Marie is a singer and song-writer, who had a no.1 hit with Clean Bandit’s Rockabye, featuring Sean Paul, and chart success with singles Alarm, Ciao Adios, Friends and 2002. The star released her hit debut album Speak Your Mind in 2018, which saw her become the biggest selling debut artist of that year. She has been nominated for four awards at the 2019 Brit Awards, including Best British Female Solo Artist.
Anne-Marie released the single Birthday from her upcoming second studio album earlier this year, and To Be Young, featuring US rapper Doja Cat.
On her new role as coach on The Voice 2021, Anne-Marie said: “I am SO excited to join Sir Tom, will.i.am and Olly as the new coach on The Voice UK. I can’t wait to work with incredible undiscovered talent! Wahoooooo!”
will.i.am added: “I’m really excited about this new season and welcoming Anne-Marie as our newest Coach on The Voice UK. With her songwriting, singing and performance skills, plus her tell-it-like-it-is approach, this makes her the perfect mix-it-up addition to this season.”
Who presents The Voice UK 2021?
Emma Willis returned as the presenter for The Voice 2021. Willis has hosted the series since taking over from Holly Willoughby in 2013 when the show was broadcast in BBC One.