The Voice UK winner ‘excited for what’s ahead’ after releasing single – South London News

The winner of The Voice UK said she was “grateful for the opportunity” after releasing her new single.

Anthonia Edwards, aged 25, who is a registered nurse from Blackheath, was crowned champion of the 11th series of the entertainment show on Saturday, and her winner’s single, Anyone, is out now. 

Mentored by winning coach Sir Tom Jones, Anthonia has won the coveted title of The Voice UK 2022, and a recording contract with EMI. 

Sir Tom supported Anthonia throughout the competition, earning the Welsh singing legend his third The Voice UK coaching victory.

Ms Edwards said: “Winning The Voice was unexpected, but really welcome at this stage in my life.

“Given that I’m a registered nurse, but I get to explore this side of myself right now, it’s really cool and I’m super grateful for the opportunity. I’m looking forward to the journey that lies ahead.”

Sir Tom said: “I am so proud to be crowning this year’s winner, Anthonia. Her voice and talent rose above a very competitive field and speaks for itself, so I am by no means surprised she is our series 11 winner. 

“When I first heard her at the blinds, I knew she had something really special; having the opportunity to work with her this series has been nothing but joy from beginning to end. 

“She deserves much respect for both her abilities and work ethic, so I’m excited for her future. If she ever needs advice or even a chat, I’m here to help, if I can.”

Hosted by Emma Willis, the series saw coaches Sir Tom,, Olly Murs and Anne-Marie return for a second year together to hunt for the UK’s next singing sensation. 

Following an initial emotional performance of Katy Perry’s Unconditionally in the blind auditions, Anthonia impressed the coaches before selecting Sir Tom to coach her through the rest of the competition.

The finalists got the opportunity to duet with their coaches, with Anthonia and Sir Tom singing It’s a Man’s Man’s World by James Brown.

Then the audience made their final decision of the night and voted Anthonia as the winner, and her debut single Anyone released on the night.

On recording Anyone, Anthonia said: “It’s been really fun covering this Justin Bieber song, and it’s great that I get to do it in this way.

“I loved working on the arrangements and making it feel like it’s my version of the song.

“I wanted to create something that’s based on Justin, but it’s my own version as well, and I’m just excited for what’s ahead music wise.”

Pictured top: Anthonia Edwards (Picture: Blackstar)

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