Australia has made its decision: Bella Taylor Smith has been crowned The Voice 2021.
Along with the illustrious title, the incredible singing teacher takes home $100,000 prize money and a recording contract with EMI Recorded Music Australia.
After receiving the life-changing news from host Sonia Kruger, an emotional Bella said: “I really can’t believe it. I’m so thankful. I can’t wait to see what incredible things are ahead for me. I’m really grateful for you [coach Guy], for everyone who voted and for my beautiful family who I love.”
Coach Guy Sebastian was moved by his protégé’s achievement. “I’m so proud. There are so many deserving people up there, but you are special Bella, go out there and kill it, I know you will.”
Still in awe of her dream come true, the 23-year-old Sydneysider took to the stage to perform her new single Higher (stream/download here).
From the moment she stepped on stage for her first Blind Audition, Bella’s breathtaking voice captured the hearts of the nation, along with all-star coaches Rita Ora, Keith Urban, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy.
Last night, she wowed with her show-stopping final solo performance of Never Enough from The Greatest Showman.
Keith said: “If you’re not a believer at this point you’ve got to check your pulse. That was amazing.”
Rita was captivated and “felt like she was floating” calling the performance “unbelievable.”
Bella was joined by Guy on stage for an incredible duet of The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli, as the superstar coach surprised Bella, inviting her to join him on tour as his support act.
Bella said: “Guy’s been so lovely and genuine this whole process and I’m really grateful he’s been my mentor. I feel very lucky to be able to sing with him.”
Fellow Grand Finalists Arlo Sim, Mick Harrington and G-Nat!on stunned, with amazing performances across the series, as The Voice soared on its new home of Channel 7 and 7plus, becoming the #1 regular series of 2021