'Voice of a generation' Mo Adeniran wins The Voice UK
Bookies' favourite Mo Adeniran ran away with The Voice UK final on Sunday night
Mo Adeniran has been crowned the winner of The Voice UK.
The hotel worker, 21, looked stunned as host Emma Willis announced he had been voted the winner of the 2017 series.
He thanked his mentor – singer and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson – for her support as confetti fell around him and he was hugged by his fellow contestants.
“An amazing thank you to the most phenomenal person I have ever met, thank you Jennifer,” he said.
Mo took the title following blistering performances of Paolo Nutini’s Iron Sky and Unsteady by X Ambassadors.
He had been the bookies’ favourite coming into the final, where he beat fellow contestants Michelle John, Jamie Miller and runners-up Into The Ark.
But the singer said all the hopefuls had “done amazing” in the series, which was airing on ITV for the first time since switching from the BBC.
Michelle, from coach Will.i.am’s team, was knocked out during Saturday night’s programme after losing out in the public vote.
Jennifer’s other contestant Jamie fell by the wayside during Sunday night’s show, with his rendition of Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You not proving to be enough to carry him into the final round.
The last challenge saw Mo and Into The Ark go head to head.
Mo’s stirring performance of Unsteady had Jennifer struggling to contain her emotions.
Blinking back tears, she told him: “Mo, we feel your heart.”
He won praise from all the coaches, with Gavin Rossdale gushing: “You have the voice of a generation.”
Into The Ark served up an impressive rendition of Not A One by The Young Wild in a bid to secure the coveted Polydor recording contract.
It went down a storm with their coach Sir Tom Jones who said they had been “tremendous”.
“These two boys are unique,” he told the audience.
“There is nothing around them like this at the moment… they are original.”
But in the end it was not enough to stop fans’ favourite Mo from taking the title.
He is now headed to the studio to record his winner’s EP.
The Voice final was plunged into chaos as an audience member invaded the stage – and Sir Tom Jones appeared to say the f-word on air.
An unknown man, who was wearing a baseball cap, crashed the stage shortly after the finalists Mo Adeniran and Into The Ark were announced.
The man was clutching a piece of paper which he appeared to be trying to hold up for viewers to read.
However, he was hustled off by security staff within seconds.
Moments earlier, Sir Tom was heard saying 'f*** me' as it was announced that Into The Ark, who were his act, had made it through to the final stage of the ITV competition.
Host Emma Willis was forced to apologise for the expletive.
An ITV spokesman said of the stage invasion: “During the results this evening, there was a brief interruption on stage, which was dealt with immediately by security.
“The show continued as planned.”
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By Grace Morris