19 year old Central Coast singer Karise Eden has won the first season of The Voice.
Her unique voice, likened to a young Janis Joplin, won the audience votes to take home the title.
She impressed audiences from her very first audition as all four coaches turned their big red chairs. The win caps off an emotional ride for the singer who a year ago was living in a refuge.
“I am just so overwhelmed. If you had asked me a year ago if this is where I would be right now I would not have imagined it,” she said.
“To work with an amazing artist like Seal has been a dream come true. I have learnt so much that I will take through with me for the rest of my career.
“The public who voted for me, the support Australians have shown me, has made me realise my decision to come on this show was the right one and I am very grateful.”
Darren Percival came second, taking home a prize of $30,000.
Rachael Leahcar finished in third place winning $20,000.
Sarah de Bono landed in fourth place with $10,000.
Eden, who was the favourite to win, bags a recording contract with Universal Music Group, a Ford Focus Titanium and $100,000.
Her debut single, You Won’t Let Me, is available on iTunes and in stores on Thursday. Her debut album, My Journey, will be released on Tuesday, June 26th. Her cover of Hallelujah is already being used on promos of Nine’s Underbelly: Badness.
In a live finale the Nine talent show turned on musical duets between contestants and coaches Seal, Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden and Keith Urban.
The show also featured the return of Prinnie Stevens and Mahalia Barnes singing River Deep (Mountain High) -with a surprise appearance from Jimmy Barnes.
Former contestants also joined the finalists on stage for an opening number.
The Nine show has been a game-changer in Reality TV and delivered extraordinary numbers, as high as 2.8m viewers.
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