Bella Taylor Smith, a member of the international megachurch Hillsong, won the Australian version of “The Voice” Sunday alongside her coach, who is also a Christian.
During an interview on the Aussie morning show “Sunrise,” Smith said she is “shocked and thrilled” to have won the singing competition, adding she still “can’t believe” her victory.
A music teacher by trade, the 23-year-old singer emerged the winner after performing Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer” with coach Guy Sebastian, who described Smith as “a phenomenal talent” with “one of the purest voices I have heard.”
“I really can’t believe it,” Smith said. “I can’t wait to see what incredible things are ahead for me. I’m really grateful for you, [Sebastian], for everyone who voted and for my beautiful family, whom I love.”
In a Facebook post the night before the finale, the contestant thanked her friends, family, and church community for their support, “and honestly and most importantly to Jesus for giving me hope and a beautiful life to live.”
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