Hackney singer Jermain Jackman was crowned the winner of The Voice tonight, taking home £100k, a record deal with Universal Republic and “guidance for life” from mentor Will.i.am.
Jackman joined Sally Barker, Jamie Johnson and Christina Marie to battle it out in a bid to win the BBC One talent show.
The live final saw the four perform a song of their choice before duetting with their celebrity mentors Will.i.am, Kylie, Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson.
Before Jackman’s performance, a short video of his homecoming welcome at Dalston’s Trinity Church Hall on Monday was shown, including a guest appearance from Speaker of Hackney Michael Desmond.
Jackman then descended from the studio ceiling singing a cover of Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ , before being joined on stage by Will.i.am to sing a duet of ‘Pure Imagination’ from the 1971 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The four were then whittled down to three as Johnson left the show, and the remaining contestants were then invited to perform their favorite song from the three month series.
Jackman’s final performance of Jennifer Hudson’s ‘And I Am Telling You’ brought his mentor Will.i.am to tears.
The US superstar praised the singer, who is also a Labour Party Youth Coordinator in Hackney, for being “committed to his community” despite “not being from the best London neighbourhood”.
After the public vote had been counted and verified, it was announced Jackman had come first with the most votes.
The 19-year-old, who says he will be the UK’s first black prime minister, was immediately brought to tears and thanked his mentor, family and friends.