When Ruti Olajugbagbe gave her final performance of The Voice UK on Saturday, she was miles ahead of the timid, rare-sounding singer who won the audience over during her audition in January.


The 18-year-old from Southend-on-Sea, Essex, earned rave reviews from all the judges as the competition progressed.

At the finals, she faced Lauren Bannon, Donel Mangena and Belle Voci to emerge the winner.

The final four contestants delivered their respective solo performance before the voting opened.


After joining her coach, Sir Tom Jones, to perform ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong, Ruti sang ‘If You’re Not the One’ by Daniel Bedingfield.

The guitarist, who has been described as one with a unique voice, later sang ‘Dreams’.


Prior to participating in The Voice UK, Ruti had said: “I really love to sing and so would like to be in a profession that enables me to do this.”

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