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Westminster music student makes the live final of BBC The Voice UK

Music 30 March 2015

Congratulations go to Commercial Music Performance BMus Honours student Emmanuel Nwamadi, currently studying at the University of Westminster's Faculty of Media, Arts and Design, who was one of the final four contestants of the BBC's The Voice UK 2015.

Emmanuel wowed the audience with his unique interpretation of Grammy award-winning song ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye. His performance received excellent comments from all four judges. His coach Ricky Wilson said: ‘the grace and voice of an angel… he has a gift.’

Tom Jones commented: ‘You have a very unusual voice, something new… and a rich voice, strong and powerful’. Will-I-Am added: ‘I have got a feeling you are going to go very far in your career.’

Later in the show Emmanuel went on to perform a duet with his coach, singing Seal’s 1990’s classic song ‘Crazy’. When asked how it was to perform with Ricky again he replied: ‘Amazing… so cool, to perform again was so cool. Thank you so much Ricky.’

Emmanuel was voted by the public to be one of the four finalists. When the first results were announced four became two and Emmanuel and fellow contestant Sasha Simone left the competition.

Ricky Wilson praised Emmanuel: ‘He is a man of integrity and he is a man of morals. He is a really good example to everyone, not just his age group, but everyone I’ve ever met. Out of everyone he is such a gentleman. I have so much respect for him. I haven’t got any words, I am gutted you’re out mate’.

When Emmanuel was asked about his time on the show he replied: ‘It’s been amazing. I have had so much fun.’

Fellow team member team member Steve McCrorie took the title of winning this year’s competition with Lucy Byrne coming as runner-up.

Just before the live finals, Emmanuel visited the University’s Harrow campus that is home to the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design where he studies music, and gave fellow students a performance that you can watch here:

The whole University is very proud of Emmanuel’s achievement in becoming one of the final four contestants and will continue to support him in both his studies and future music career.


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