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"The Voice" Nigerian teen, Ruti Olajugbagbe, wins UK 2018 show

After battling her way through the semi-finals and the grand final, Ruti emerged the winner of the show with the support of her coach, Tom Jones.

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Ruti Olajugbagbe has been crowned the winner of The Voice UK 2018!

After battling her way through the semi-finals and the grand final, Ruti emerged the winner of the show with the support of her coach, Tom Jones.

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The 18-yr-old is a student and part-time carer from Southend-on-Sea.

Ruti was crowned the winner of the singing competition on April 7 after winning the challenge of Donel Mangena on the final night.

 

"The Voice Nigeria" is a stark contrast to its debut season

The Voice Nigeria made its debut in 2016 and viewers couldn't stop singing its praises. They had found a singing competition that seemed to be getting everything right.

It is 2017 and its sophomore season, but the show isn't what it was last year. The ongoing season of The Voice Nigeria is a contrast to its premiere edition.

Idyl won the 2017 season of The Voice Nigeria play

Idyl won the 2017 season of The Voice Nigeria

 

Unlike the last season, there are not enough outstanding talents. Also, quite a number of talented singers were let go during the blinds and battles.

Remember Sandra Osamor? Her classical rendition of the National Anthem earned her four turns and a spot on Team Timi. Shockingly, she was eliminated during the battles because the judges had exhausted their steal option.

During the blinds, many talented vocalists sang their hearts out, but unfortunately, the coaches and their chairs were left unmoved.

Over the weeks, these contestants have improved their voice and stage skills. But something is still missing; the song.

Choosing the wrong song turns a great performer to a good or average one, and so far this season, most contestants have gone for songs that don't display their power, range and depth.

Jahtell on The Voice Nigeria play

Jahtell on The Voice Nigeria

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Take for instance J'Dess that chose to perform a rendition of Lil Kesh's "Because I Love You." She did try to give the song a passionate twist, but that wasn't enough to save her. Imagine if she had gone for a song that showed off her strength.

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Let's not talk about the talented Afolayan that chose PSquare's E No Easy or Symeca that went for Michael Jackson's “Remember the time" or Kendris' Bruno Mars’s “24 Carat”.

Luckily for Precious, he made the right decision by singing Whitney Houston's "I have Nothing." This gave him an edge over Bada's 'Beautiful Girls' performance.

Imagine if Precious decided, just because he has a powerful voice, to show off with Rekaado Bank's "Problem." He probably would be home by now.

Ebube performing on The Voice Nigeria finale play

Ebube performing on The Voice Nigeria finale

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The singers on this season aren't the problem. Yes, they are not Brenda, Cornel, Arese, Chike, Dewe, Viveeyan, Nonso and Patrick. But they are unique and good enough to give us a satisfying season. If only they stopped going for the wrong songs and taking unnecessary risks.

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