NSW high school student Ellie Drennan has broken a hoodoo by becoming the first performer not wanted by all coaches during the blind auditions to win The Voice.
The 16-year-old, who was coached by UK pop star Jessie J, beat busker and Australia’s Got Talent 2012 finalist Joe Moore to win the fourth season of the Nine Network series.
The year 11 student from St Josephs Catholic College, won a recording contract with Universal Music, $100,000 and a Ford Kuga.
“I’m over the moon,” Ellie said. “I honestly can’t believe I just won! This has been the most amazing experience.”
Moore was runner-up while fellow finalists Liam Maihi and young heat-throb Nathan Hawes were eliminated during the Sunday evening episode.
All three previous winners of The Voice, Karise Eden, Harrison Craig and Anja Nissen, were so impressive during their blind auditions, every coach wanted to be their mentor.
However, only two coaches – Jessie J and the Madden brothers, Benji and Joel, who were working together, wanted to work with Ellie.
On Sunday, the teen had to do more than just battle the boys to win and gain recognition; the dresses with plunging necklines worn by Jessie J and fellow coach Delta Goodrem, and co-host Sonia Kruger were a total distraction and a hot topic on Twitter.
The trio copped some criticism for their wardrobe choices.
One person compared Jessie J’s white attire to a “bed sheet with tape”.
Another Twitter user, Mark Bennett, wrote: “JessieJ maybe you should dress a little more appropriately for a family show, not like an escort!”
Brydie-Lee Sheen agreed with Bennett, posting: “@TheVoiceAU @DeltaGoodrem @SoniaKruger @JessieJ this is the @TheVoiceAU family viewing! Really inappropriate wardrobe choices. #sexualising.”
Craig Millar asked: “@DeltaGoodrem really between you and jessie j is it a comp about who can show more without showing more.”
Along with the apparent fashion flop, Jessie J also failed to get the lyrics right during her duet with Ellie.
After performing Beyonce’s Halo, Jessie J praised Ellie for her professionalism.
“I just got the words wrong guys, in that song, and Ellie just went with it,” the coach said. “That’s a professional person.”
What’s also professional is that Ellie’s new single Ghost has been released immediately – unlike last year when Anja Nissen’s tune took several months to come out.