Leanne Mitchell crowned winner of The Voice

Leanne Mitchell has won the first series of The Voice UK, after fighting off competition from Tyler James and Bo Bruce in the final.

The 28-year-old holiday park entertainer – who had been the remaining member of Tom Jones’ team – triumphed in a show which saw each of the finalists perform three songs, including a duet with their mentor.

She now wins a recording contract while her first single, reported to be a cover version of Whitney Houston’s Run To You, will be available from midnight.

Bo – who had been the bookies’ favourite to win – and Tyler had to be content with runner-up positions, although it was not revealed who finished second and third.

Earlier in the evening Jessie J’s remaining singer Vince Kidd finished in fourth place.

Leanne made it to the final after beating Ruth Brown – who had been one of the bookies’ original favourites to win the series – in last weekend’s semi-final.

She appeared stunned by the results, but Tom Jones told her, “You deserved it. This gives me confidence that there is justice in this world.”

Leanne added, “Thank you everyone. I’m starting to believe in myself.”

Earlier in the show she had won standing ovations from the judges for her versions of Run To You and It’s A Man’s World – as well as her duet of Mama Told Me Not To Come With Tom Jones.

“That was unbelievable,” Tom Jones said of her final performance. “This girl in rehearsal sang it with just a piano – she knocks me out!” Danny O’Donoghue, meanwhile, described her as “breathtaking”.

Tyler James and Bo Bruce also won plaudits from the judges for their performances.

Tyler lent his falsetto vocals to the Michael Jackson classic I’ll Be There, and also reprised his rendition of Higher Love from earlier in the series, as well as duetting with Will.i.am on Usher’s OMG – in a performance which saw them both flying on to the stage on wires.

“He faced a challenge and he got this far, doing things that are out of his comfort zone,” Will.i.am said, “and each time he has done it, he has done it a thousand times more than he is supposed to.”

“When Tyler sings, I feel like he is putting his whole life into it,” Tom Jones added.

Danny O’Donoghue, meanwhile, said of Bo, “I have seen you grow from a very insecure girl to an absolute star. You are going to set the world on fire.”

Jessie said that she was “so happy” that Bo’s singing was being heard “by the masses,” and described her performance as “beautiful”.

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