18 year old Blessing Chitapa has won the Voice UK 2020.
The Zimbabwean born star sang Robbie Williams’ Angels and James Bay’s Hold Back The River to victory, taking her mentor singer, Olly Murs, to his second consecutive victory.
She was invited by producers of the show to audition via Instagram when they watched videos of her singing.
Blessing sang Etta James’ I’d Rather Go Blind for her blind auditions of which only Olly turned around for her, but she has not gone on to win the show and its prize of a recording contract with Polydor Records.
She credits her singing at church – Cornerstone Fellowship International Church in West Bromwich – where are parents, are pastors.
The now Dudley resident once said: “I grew up in Zimbabwe and we always sing. I grew up in church singing hymns. My family all love to sing and music was part of me. Since coming to this country I kept singing and thought maybe I’m pretty good? Then as I grew up I just fell in love with it more and more.
“I haven’t had lessons, I just sing on Instagram. And everyone kept telling me to go on the show with the four chairs. And I thought, ‘come on, I just sing on Instagram’ but then someone from the production team emailed me and said I should come and audition.
“And I really didn’t want to miss out on such an opportunity.”