The Grand Finale: who’s going to be crowned The Voice winner 2016?
The fifth season of Britain’s second-favourite singing contest is set to draw to a climactic close tomorrow, when the remaining contestants battle it out at The Voice Grand Final.
Last week’s semi-finals saw eight become four, with Lydia Lucy, Cody Frost, Kevin Simm and Jolan getting the nod to go through to this week’s final, where one of them will be crowned The Voice UK Winner of 2016. In tomorrow’s show they will each be performing a solo number and an exclusive duet with their superstar coach, before it is put to the public who will cast a final vote and pick this year’s winner.
So with just 24-hours to go before The Voice finale, let’s take a closer look at the last acts standing.
Having already appeared on X Factor 2013, where she exited the competition at the boot camp stage, the Essex-based 22-year old is no stranger to television. She even made an appearance on The Only Way is Essex in 2014 for a few episodes.
After wowing three of the four judges at the audition stage with her rendition of Iggy Azaelia’s ‘Trouble’, Lydia opted to join Will.i.am – she hasn’t looked back. She advanced through the battles and The Knockouts, having impressed by singing Cryin’ by Aerosmith and Taylor Swift’s ‘I knew you were trouble’, respectively.
Going into the Grand Final, Lydia is undoubtedly one of the favourites to take the crown.
At just 17-years old, Cody Frost is a precocious singer-songwriter with genuine talent – it’s no coincidence that up until very recently she was the bookies clear favourite.
She impressed Paloma, Ricky and Boy George, whom she chose join, with her unique cover of ABBA’s Lay all your love on me. Cody has gone from strength to strength, however, and although she had something of a dip in form in the quarter-finals, she raised the roof with a stunning rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’ – her progression to the final was never in doubt.
While she isn’t the current bookies’ frontrunner, it would be no surprise to anybody if Cody Frost finds herself being crowned the 2016 winner.
Simm is no stranger to the limelight. He was one of the of the five runner-up contestants from the 2001 show Popstars, and a former member of Liberty X – the band enjoyed success with seven top-10 singles, including their big-selling number 1 ‘Just a little bit’.
With his strong pop background, it’s unsurprising that all four judges turned their chairs for him during the audition stage, where he impressed with a soulful cover of Sia’s ‘Chandalier’. Kevin joined team Paloma, in spite of an impassioned pitch by Boy George, who reportedly made his co-judge cry after harsh words were exchanged. While he had his ups and downs during the battle and Knockout stages, he won over both judges and the public with his beautiful rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the deep’.
As it stands, Simm is the frontrunner for the winner’s crown this year.
After failing to make it through in The Voice 2-years ago, Jolan Gidney-Craigen has made a dazzling return to the show this year.
Following his blind audition where he sung ‘Wishing well’ by soul singer Terence D’Arby, Boy George and Paloma Faith once again scrapped over who would get him, although he ended up joining Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson’s stable. Jolan has had to deal with true tragedy en route to the finals when his mother passed away – he has since stated how she inspired his comeback to The Voice.
While he isn’t considered to be one of the frontrunners for this year’s The Voice crown, his flawless performance of ‘Purple rain’ by Prince is the perfect example of what he is capable – consider Jolan as something of a wildcard, if you’re a betting man.
What can they expect if they win? Where are last year’s finalists now?
So can one of this talented quartet expect to find unimaginable riches once they’ve taken the competition winner’s crown? Does fame and fortune await? Let’s take a look at what some of the winner from yesteryear are doing nowadays.
The Scottish crooner, singer-songwriter, ex-fireman and all-round heart-throb won last year’s competition. Since this time he has won moderate success, if not critical acclaim.
He released his winner’s single the day after winning the show, a cover of Adam Levine’s ‘Lost stars’ and a second single later in November that year – while the first reached a respectable No 6 on the UK Singles Chart and No 1 in Scotland, his second single didn’t do so great, limping in a No 51 in his native Scotland. His album ‘Big World’ reached a respectable, if not world-beating No 35 in UK album chart, and he is currently working on his second album.
He put in a good shift at T in the Park last year too.
The winner of series 3 of The Voice in 2014, and the first male to win the competition, Jermain Jackman walked away with a £100,000 record contract and a seemingly bright career ahead of him.
Sadly, thus far Jackman appears to have peaked with his competition win. His release of a cover of ‘And I’m not telling you I’m not going’ reached No 39 on the UK iTunes Chart, but dropped to No 75 by the end of the week. He released his first album last year, which reached No 42 in the UK album charts, which followed a free release download in 2014.
Andrea Begley scored an unexpected victory in series 2, when she beat the favourite to win, Leah McFall – a shock result which saw Will.i.am storm offstage.
Everyone loves an underdog, but sadly Andrea was unable to capitalise on her unexpected win on The Voice. After the release of her first single, which reached No 30 in the UK Singles Chart, and her debut album ‘The Message’, which reached an impressive No 7 in the UK album chart, Begley has since been inactive, and currently has no further plans to produce any further singles or albums.
She was the first ever winner of The Voice, which you’d think would at least have bagged Leanne a chart-topping debut single and album before the public got bored – not a chance.
Surprisingly, Leanne has had the least successful career of all the The Voice winners yet, with her debut album coming in at a disappointing No 134 on the UK album chart. Following the release of two singles in 2013 which flopped, Mitchell appears to have exited the music business.
Don’t forget to tune in to tomorrows big finale!
After this year’s drams, thrills and spills, it simply wouldn’t do not to watch The Voice 2016’s last hurrah. While Team Paloma is out of the running, Teams Ricky, Will, and George will be rooting for their acts to win the competition. And make no mistake about it, this year’s final is too close to call.
So don’t forget, The Voice is back for the Grand Final tomorrow night on BBC One. Best get thinking about who’s getting your vote.
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