- Blessing branded her win her "biggest achievement yet".
By Mutsa Makuvaza
BLESSING Chitapa, a Zimbabwean teenager living in Dudley, UK, has been crowned the winner of The Voice UK 2020.
Dubbed the “pocket performer with one mighty voice”, Blessing Chitapa wowed judges and audiences on Saturday night as she was one of four semi-finalists battling for the winning spot of this year’s virtual audience, which was a socially distanced final.
The 18-year-old student earned herself a spot in the semi-finals with her unique rendition of Mariah Carey’s Without You, which mentor Olly Murs described as “the performance of the night”.
As one of the youngest contestants this year, Blessing fought for a winning spot against Gevanni Hutton, Broke Scullion and Jonny Brooks.
Each of the finalists pre-recorded their performances last week, which were watched by a virtual audience and mentors Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Meghan Trainor and Olly Murs.
The finalists were also joined by their mentors on stage for a duet, with Jonny crooning Dobie Gray’s Drift Away with Sir Tom, Gevanni singsing Bob Marley’s No Woman No Cry with will.i.am and Blessing performing James Bay’s Hold Back The River with Olly.
But due to coronavirus travel restrictions, Meghan was unable to perform with her act.
Instead, Brooke sang a duet with Ella Eyre to Rag N’ Bone Man’s Giant.
It then came to the final two as Blessing was voted through alongside Jonny, but she managed to win over the audience.
Following her win, Olly said: “Blessing absolutely deserves to be crowned the winner of this year’s Voice UK! I’ve always believed in her from the start, and to think that I was the only Coach who turned for her is amazing.
“She’s got an incredible voice, infectious personality and has a bright future ahead of her. I can’t wait to see what she does next.”
Meanwhile, Blessing branded her win her “biggest achievement yet”.
She said: “I am so proud of how far I have come and I’m so intrigued to see what the future holds for me! I’m hoping my new single Angels can bless and inspire people to think about a certain someone in their life who has always been there for them.”
The Voice UK had filmed its blind audition stage and much of the show before the country went into lockdown earlier this year.
The award is an icing on the cake for Blessing, whose passion for music is integral to her upbringing in a family of gospel singers. She grew up in Zimbabwe until the age of seven then moved to the UK in 2009.
The talented vocalist has even built her own recording studio in her back garden where she practices with her sister.
As the daughter of a pastor and reverend at a local church in Dudley, Blessing says faith plays a massive role in her life and her success so far.
As well as singing, the teenager has a passion for the sciences and dreams of becoming a doctor or surgeon if she doesn’t become a professional musician.
Blessing recently told a UK tabloid: “I’m 18 and I am used to singing in church congregations so this for me is just big-time.
“I am going to leave my heart and soul on that stage. This has built my confidence so much because Olly really believes I can win this. I am living a life I can only dream of when I sleep!
“I am so happy, I didn’t think I would get to the semi-final, even at the battle stages I was like uh oh I’m up against Beryl. I was like, ‘I don’t think I’m going to make it!
“I’m super happy and super excited, I just can’t wait to be honest”.
The final of The Voice was on ITV on Saturday, November 14 at 8.40pm GMT. – Mirror / iTV / Zimbabwe Voice ■