The Voice: Stevie McCrorie wins and releases single at midnight

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  • Firefighter tirumphs after two-hour TV extravaganza
  • Stevie teams up with mentor Ricky to sing ‘Get Back’
  • Performances win praise from all the judges

Stevie McCrorie has won ‘The Voice’ on BBC1 - and his single ‘‘Lost Stars’’ will be released at midnight (Saturday).

Millions tuned in to the show hosted by Emma Willis - and it ended in triumph for the firefighter who had been the favourite from the very early rounds.

He triumphed after a two-hour live show which saw them sing four songs, including a duet with their mentors.

After being announced as winner an emotional and overjoyed Stevie said: ‘‘I’m lost for words. I can’t thank people for this. Never thought it was possible.’’

Within minutes he was back on stage to close the show with his first ever single, brigning the curtain down on an astonishing evening for the Scotsman.

The show started at 7.00 p.m. with the judges - Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson, Rita Ora and Will.I.Am - took to their famous red seats before each contesant sang.

They each performed before voting was opened, and then sang with their mentors.

The two with the lowest votes were then eliminated, leaving the stage for a straight head to head to crown the winner.

Stevie had to watch as all the finalists performed first before taking to the stage to deliver his rendition of The Pretenders’ ‘‘I’ll Stand By You.’’

Mentor Ricky Wilson said it wasn an honour to see someone fulfilling their dream and was full of praise for his powerful performannce.

Tom Jones said he came across with confidence and professionalism.

Both Rita Ora and Will.I.Am were also full of praise.

Stevie was overwhelmed by the feedback, and said it had been an amazing week.

The show then opened the voting lines before moving into the duets section with each singer performing with their ,mentor.

Stevie and Ricky - lead singer with the Kaiser Chiefs - teamed up to belt out The Beatles’ classic ‘Get Back.’

Afterwards he said it was ‘‘amazing’’ to sing with a bona fide rockstar, adding: ‘‘I’m just an ordinary guy.’’

In the nailbiting vote, Stevie won the public backing to get into the final two, while contestants Emmanuel and Sasha were eliminated.

It set up a final head to head with Lucy, with both singing their own choice of their favourite song.

Stevie chose to reprise his version of Kodaline’s ‘‘All I Want’’ - the song that had all four judges spin round in their chairs on his first performance.

‘‘I gave it everything,’’ he said. ‘‘It has been such a long week, an amazing week! - that song was what started it all for me. I wanted that song.’’

In his final pitch to voters, judge Ricky said: ‘‘ Dreams are important and tonight you defined yourself.’’

They then returned to sing the samer winners’ song. ‘‘Lost Stars’’, but only the champion will get the release it at midnight.

Rita Ora said she ‘‘loved’’ his performance.

When it came to the big vote, Stevie was announced as the winner.

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