Sydney architect Alfie Arcuri has won The Voice for 2016.
The 28 year old defeated 17 year old Adam Ladell for the 2016 title -both were finalists from Team Delta.
Singers Tash Lockhart (Team Ronan) and Ellen Reed (Team Jessie) also competed before being eliminated.
Arcuri wins $100,000, a new car and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia. His rise to glory has been rapid, after only singing in public for the first time three years ago. As it turns out, he was also the first act to appear on the Nine show this year.
“This whole experience was more than just singing for me,” he said. “It was a personal growth experience, it was validating.
“Delta’s been our rock, our guidance, everything for the last few weeks.”
“Alfie was a very special artist from the start. He has a real gift and beautiful charisma which shines every time he sings,” Delta Goodrem said. “I am so proud and honoured to have shared this journey with him as his coach on Team Delta and The Voice season five. I couldn’t be more proud that Australia has voted for Alfie. It’s been an incredible season, and I look forward to seeing Alfie develop as an artist who will always have my support.”
“We are very proud of all four finalists and delighted for Alfie. He was the very first artist we saw in the Blind Auditions and went all the way to win,” said John Walsh, Executive Producer, Channel Nine.
But the Live show also had its very ow wardrobe malfunction when singer Tash Lockhart inadvertently exposed a nipple, when she went to embrace coach Ronan Keating. The nipple slip was soon a topic for discussion on Twitter (none of which made it to air on the show’s broadcast feed).
Last night Arcuri also performed his winner’s single, Cruel, but on social media the song drew a mixed reaction.
George Ash, President, Universal Music Asia Pacific, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Alfie Arcuri to the Universal Music family and are excited once again to be part of such a great season of The Voice here in Australia. We congratulate all the artists and coaches on a great year and look forward to working with Alfie on his new single and upcoming album.”
Nine has announced it is open for new singers for a return season in 2017.