The Voice UK has crowned a new winner, the Scottish firefighter Steve McCrorie has won the fourth series of the famous show. The 29 year old was announced as the winner yesterday, after beating his competitor Lucy O´ Byrne, who also was trying to make it big, by going from a theatre usher to an opera singer.
Excited and Emotional
The talented Steve said “I’m in a loss for words right now,” as his voice cracked, he was very excited and emotional, and he couldn’t believe he had won. He also thanked everyone who supported him by saying, “I can’t thank everyone enough for doing this for me.” His debut single is a cover of Lost Stars, who was featured in the film Begin Again. The original cover was done by singer Adam Levine. This song was well received as it was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year. This edition had a surprise for the winner. The surprise was that his single was going to be released immediately after the finale. This is the first time this happens in the show and it is now at the top of the iTunes chart.
McCrorie said his dream was to be a “successful and sustainable artist”, something that is very hard to achieve in this business, because Andrea Begley is the only winner so far that has made it in the Top 10, taking her debut album called The Message to the number 7 spot in 2013. Leanne Mitchell, who was the first winner in 2012, was dropped by her label last year after several tries to make the Top 40 chart. Last year’s winner didn’t have much luck either. McCrorie says that the winners have all been amazing and that he doesn’t understand why they didn’t make it big, he hopes to have better luck.
Steve was always the fans favorite on paper, but he sometimes felt like a massive underdog in the competition. The grand finale attracted around 6.3 million viewers, but it wasn’t as high as other finales which attracted a lot more people. In the past edition, the number was 6.6 million and in 2013 it was 7.2 million.
The final show featured a very dramatic performance from the talented Paloma Faith. People are confident that the new winner will be successful and many are already saying his single will get to the number one spot. The winner also beat competitors like O´Byrne, Emmanuel Nwamadi and Sasha Simone, who were eliminated half way through the finale. Another special performance was done by the current coach Rita Ora, who performed a New York Raining with Charles Hamilton, a song taken from the soundtrack of the hit show Empire. The winner said he was finding it very hard to accept his victory. He was humble and said “a lot of people saw something special in me and I didn’t even see it myself.” He said it would take a while to accept in his mind that he actually won the contest.
The singer and firefighter is very proud of himself and hopes he doesn’t disappoint his fans with his upcoming work.