The Voice Australia 2023 crowns mom Tarryn Stokes of Team Rita Ora the winner
The Voice Australia crowned a winner over the weekend. Former backup singer and mother of two Tarryn Stokes took the prize as part of Team Rita Ora. The final also featured Charlie Pittman (Team Guy Sebastian), Ezra Williams (Team Jess Mauboy) and Ethan Beckton (Team Jason Derulo).
The 40-year-old from Melbourne said after the surprising announcement: “It feels amazing, going from The Blinds to being in the Grand Finale and somehow believing that I can do this, it’s just thanks to Rita for believing in me.”
Rita, who just pulled off back-to-back wins replied: “Are you kidding me? You did this. You did this!” She also said, “Tarryn’s sacrificed time with her kids to make her dream come true. She is undoubtedly one of the best singers I’ve seen on a show like this.” Tarryn shared: “I want people to know that they can still pursue their dreams as parents.”
With a final solo performance of Celine Dion’s All By Myself, coach Guy Sebastian called Tarryn’s voice “just perfection.” Rita joined her on stage for a duet of Tina Turner’s Simply The Best. The show ended with Tarryn performing her new single “Nobody” as her family looked on.
While The Voice Australia winner receives a $100,000 prize and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia, there is no guarantee of actual chart success. News.com.au points out that music from last year’s winner, Lachie Gill, missed the charts completely. The last time a Voice winner scored a top 20 hit was back in 2017, when Judah Kelly’s winner’s single peaked at 19 on the charts. Two years later, season 8 winner Diana Rouvas made headlines when her winner’s single, released immediately after the show’s finale, failed to crack the ARIA top 500.