by Rachel Ogbu
18-year-old Ruti Olajugbagbe has been announced as the winner of The Voice 2018.
“I wasn’t expecting this… I didn’t expect to get to the blind audition, I don’t know what to say,” she said in reaction after she was announced to have beaten runner-up Donel Mangena on Saturday (April 7).
Her mentor Sir Tom Jones also gushed about his protegee calling her a ‘wonderful, magical, sincere’ singer.
To seal her spot as the winner of the £100,000 prize, as well as a deal with Republic Records, Ruti gave three incredible performances. Her first song was Daniel Beddingfield’s If You’re Not the One, then she sang Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World with Tom Jones and brought it to an end with her final song – Dreams by The Cranberries – which she would now release with her record deal as her debut single.
According to The Mirror, Ruti – who is a student and part-time carer – was the second favourite to win, with bookies offering odds of 17/10 on her winning.
Outside the competition, Ruti spends time as a member of a harmony group and a dance crew.