The Voice Australia 2015 winner Ellie Drennan (right) with coach Jessie J.As it happened: The Voice Australia 2015 finalThe Voice 2015: RecapHard work pays off for ‘un-stagey’ Voice finalists
NSW teenager Ellie Drennan has won the fourth season of reality talent series The Voice Australia, becoming the youngest person to do so.
The 16-year-old from the Central Coast walks away with a record deal with Universal Music, $100,000 and a Ford Kuga after beating three other finalists to take home the title on Sunday night. She will release an album of 10 songs on September 11.
Drennan wowed the coaches with a performance of Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares To You during the two-hour finale, as well as a stirring rendition of Beyonce’s Halo with mentor Jessie J.
“I’m over the moon right now,” Drennan said after winning the finale.
“Thank you everyone who voted for me and thank you so much Jessie for always being there for me.”
The Price Tag singer and the teenager became close during the competition, with Drennan referring to Jessie J as her “older sister” in the finale.
Drennan also regularly posted photographs of herself and her coach on Instagram. LIVE: A message for YOU from The Voice of Australia, @elliedrennanxo! #VoiceFinale#TheVoiceAupic.twitter杭州夜网m/qjF8QZa9Mp— The Voice Australia (@TheVoiceAU) August 30, 2015
The reaction to Drennan’s victory was mixed on social media, with many people preferring favourite Joe Moore, 24.
Moore, an established busker who was one of two finalists on Team Madden, was a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent in 2012 and has previously supported artists such as Lionel Richie and John Farnham.
Ricky Martin’s finalist Liam Maihi, 23, was sent packing first, followed by Joel and Benji Madden’s second finalist, NSW Central Coast teenager Nathan Hawes, 17.