by Dolapo Adelana
Raised in a foster home, lost his close friend to a drug overdose, Nigerian-born Mo Adeniran, 21, on Sunday emerged the winner of the 2017 edition of The Voice UK.
Adeniran, who currently works night shifts at a hotel came to the show with best friend, Max Vickers, who made it to through to the semis.
His journey to victory will not be complete without the influence of 2004 American Idol finalist, Jennifer Hudson.
Adeniran won his way into Hudson’s team after battling against Diamond in the sing-offs.
His rendition of A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke made Jennifer keep him on her team.
The 21-year-old suffered another personal loss when his friends from the band, Viola Beach, died in a car accident.
At his first audition, Adeniran sang Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini getting all four judges to plead for him be on the team. Mo opted for Jennifer as his mentor.
As the show progressed to the knockout stage, he was saved by the public and in the quarter-final Jennifer chose Mo to got through to next week.
At the semi-final he was chosen by the public to make it to the final.
On Saturday night, Adeniran came up against Into the Ark, Jamie and Michelle for the last three places in Sunday’s grand final.
The decision of who wins the competition at the final stage was left for the public to decide, meaning the judges, Sir Tom Jones and newbies Gavin Rossdale and Jennifer Hudson, and veteran judge Will.i.am had lost their power.
Mo, Jamie and Into The Ark made it into the last three.
The three contestants gave their last performance to win the public vote. Jamie was eliminated, leaving Mo and Into The Ark before Adeniran finally claimed victory.