18 year old Blessing Chitapa who was just crowned The Voice UK winner says she plans to work “even harder” than she did during the competition as she embarks on her music career.
The Zimbabwean born teenager who is currently based in London says she will be releasing new music following her victory.
“I think now that I have finished the show and I have won and I have been given such a huge opportunity to be able to put music out there, it is just time to work even harder than I did on the show.
“Just to make sure that people are smiling every day, listening to music in their ears.
“We are going to be working on songs, albums. I am so excited.”
The singer was mentored by Olly Murs during the programme.
“Olly told me just after the show ended, ‘the journey actually just started’,” she said.
Describing the moment she won, Chitapa said: “I just remember explosion around me and in my head.
“It is great to feel like I am not only representing Birmingham and Dudley, I’m representing a whole nation, so it is amazing,” she added.
Discussing her performance with Murs, Chitapa said: “It was great just to share the stage with Olly.
“I think our voices blended so well, which I didn’t expect because me and Olly are two different singers.”
The young singer had to keep her victory under wraps from all but her close family until the pre-recorded final aired on television.
She was chosen as the victor following a vote by the programme’s virtual audience. Chitapa said she had to keep a “neutral” face when people asked her how the programme went.
There was a long break in filming of the series this year because of coronavirus. However the programme returned to television screens in October following a seven-month break.