The Voice Australia 2019 crowned a winner Sunday night. Diana Rouvas from Team Boy George nabbed the top prize as a returnee, after placing fifth in the 2012 season with mentor Keith Urban.
“I don’t think the whole thing has sunk in,” the 35-year-old told E! News Australia of her win. “I honestly have not had a second to sit down myself or with my family to process that. I’m just riding the rollercoaster.”
Diana co-wrote her winners single, “Wait For No One” with husband Eric Aranda. Ultimately she prevailed over the competition, fellow finalists Daniel Shaw (runner-up), Zeek Power and Jordan Anthony.
However, the win did not come without controversy. With the voting results the closest in The Voice Australia history, fans were angry after what appeared to be a voting glitch. Some viewers complained that they could not cast their vote. In a statement, channel Nine confirmed that hundreds of thousands of votes cast Sunday night caused some “technical problems” for a small number of viewers.
“Hundreds of thousands of votes have been coming through during tonight’s show which has caused some technical problems for a small number of viewers, however votes are continuing to flow through,” the statement from Nine said.
“I believe the issue was technical,” Rouvas told E! News of the voting glitch. “There was too much going on and it blew up. But the votes went through and it was all sorted pretty quickly.”
Diana’s The Voice Australia prize package includes $100,000 and a record contract with EMI Recorded Music Australia.
Additionally, a former Australia’s Got Talent winner, Jack Vidgen, was booted off the show in a surprising five-way elimination last week. News.com.au calls the singer “this season’s most highly publicized contestant.” I wonder if The Voice USA would consider casting winners of American Idol or X Factor, although Idol finalists have competed on the show (Season 3’s Jon Peter Lewis and Season 13’s Dexter Roberts).
The Voice Australia features coaches Boy George, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian and Kelly Rowland and is hosted by Sonia Kruger. The series is broadcast on Australia’s Nine Network.
Watch Diana Rouvas sing her winner’s single “Wait For No One.”