It’s always satisfying to see the triumph of an underdog, and that’s exactly what the audience were given tonight as Leanne Mitchell triumphed over bookmakers’ favourite Bo Bruce to emerge as the winner of The Voice, as well as Tyler James and Vince Kidd, who had been represented by Will.i.am and Jessie J respectively.
Mitchell had kicked off the evening with a performance of ‘It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World’, effortlessly summoning the soul of James Brown’s original rendition, paired with the vocal power of modern icons such as Adele.
The 28 year old holiday camp worker had been supported in the competition by coach Sir Tom Jones, whom she had earlier dueted with on an impressive performance of Jones’ seminal hit ‘It’s Not Unusual’, an unintentionally ironic song choice given Leanne’s eventual unexpected victory.
When asked what he thought of the victory, Mitchell’s coach Sir Tom Jones proclaimed that it was proof of ‘justice in this world’, whilst Mitchell was quizzed by Holly Willoughby over whether she had begun to believe in her own vocal talents, to which she replied "I’m starting to, yeah", a refreshing blast of modesty in an entertainment industry occupied by Prima Donnas.
Mitchell will now be the recipient of a £100,000 cheque and a coveted recording contract with Universal Records. Her ultimate success remains to be seen, but the unrivaled power and soul in her vocals went far in proving that she did indeed have ‘The Voice’.
What did you think of The Voice tonight?
Leanne, Vince, Bo and Tyler!