The Voice UK winner revealed? Judges think there's a clear favourite...

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There appears to be a clear front winner to win The Voice UK 2018.

This weekend's episode saw the last of the battles, leaving just 24 acts in the competition.

They now go forward to the knockout rounds where they'll fight for a spot in the live shows.

As the competition heats up, there is a clear favourite to win as things stand.

Donel Mangena is looked like the one to beat, after originally wowing the coaches in the very first blind auditions.

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Donel Mangena (Team Will)

16-year-old student Donel from Southampton performed Cold Water by Major Lazer and Justin Bieber is the current favourite with bookmakers.

He got all four of the coaches turning - and his gran up on stage dancing.

Will.i.am was first to hit his buzzer followed by Olly Murs, Jennifer Hudson and finally Sir Tom Jones. There was then an epic pitching battle as all four coaches competed to get Donel on their team - with Will winning.

And it's not just the bookies who reckon it's Donel's to lose.

As well as support from mentor Will, Jennifer Hudson branded him a "star" while Olly Murs told the BUILD in London: “Listen, Donel stands out - there’s no doubt about it. We can’t lie about that, he does

“He’s got everything. But the knockout stages are next and they’re the last time we get to made a decision. So Will might think Donel is going to win, but it’s down to the people watching.”

Meanwhile, Will said he hoped to see Donel's dancing granny back for the live shows if Donel gets through.

“That would be amazing,” he said. “I’ve got an idea, but you just have to wait. I’ve just seen a vision right now, and it’s amazing.”

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But Sir Tom warned: “She would steal the show, though. That’s the thing. She did when she came [at the auditions].”

The Voice UK continues Saturday nights on ITV.

The next stage is the knockouts, before the live shows begin.

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