Video: Oulton Broad singer Leanne Mitchell secures coveted record deal with victory in BBC One’s The Voice
Leanne Mitchell has beaten the odds and realised her dream by winning BBC One talent show, The Voice.
The 28-year-old singer from Oulton Broad looked in a state of disbelief after the result of the public vote was announced in the live show last night.
Leanne, who has now secured a record deal with US record company Universal, said: 'I am starting to believe in myself.'
She beat Tyler James, mentored by Will.i.am, and Bo Bruce, mentored by Danny O'Donoghue, while Vince Kidd, coached by Jessie J, was eliminated earlier in the show.
After the result was announced, Leanne's mentor Sir Tom Jones said: 'This confirms that there is justice in this world.'
She first impressed the judges in the blind audition stage of the show when she sang Beyonce's If I Were A Boy.
She delivered strong performances of It's A Man's Man's Man's World by James Brown and Run To You by Whitney Houston.
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She also sang Mama Told Me Not To Come by Eric Burdon and The Animals in a duet with Sir Tom – a song he had previously covered with the Stereophonics.
Speaking before the result, her husband said Leanne's voice was 'a special gift' that the world was now getting the chance to see.
Rob Hurren, 31, an activity instructor at Potters Leisure Resort, near Lowestoft, said: 'Since she started with the show it has been a bit surreal, she even said it herself.
'Leanne has been given this gift and everyone is getting to see that now. I am just really proud of what she has done. She has remained true to herself.'
Leanne, who is also a voice coach at a theatre company based at Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton, was still a pupil at Benjamin Britten High School, in Lowestoft, when she started performing at Potters at the age of 15.
Since then she has taken the stage at its annual shows and offered a guiding hand to aspiring singers.
But until her appearance on The Voice, she had given up on her dream of becoming a full-time singer after failing to secure a recording deal.
Leanne added: 'I have been so thrilled with the support that I have had from all my friends at Potters.
'I am still pinching myself that I have won. Thank you all so, so much for voting.'
Brian Potter, chairman of Potters Leisure Resort, said: 'Our Leanne has made us all extremely proud of her talent and immense achievement working with Sir Tom.
'Leanne now joins the Potters Hall of Fame alongside the likes of West End musical stars Lee Mead and Kerry Ellis who also began their career at Potters.'