The Voice UK winner Ruti Olajugbagbe has big music plans... once her exams are done

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The Voice UK winner Ruti Olajugbagbe has big plans for her music career - once exams are done.

It was Ruti who won The Voice UK 2018 in this month's live show, beating the bookies' favourite Donel Mangena to the title.

Following her victory, Ruti said: "I wasn't expecting this... I didn't expect to get to the blind audition, I don't know what to say!"

The student praised her mentor Sir Tom Jones, saying he had "always believed in me, since the blind auditions".

"He's always been there for me and told me to be myself. It's amazing that he thinks I'm that good," she added.

Following her victory, Ruti released her winner's song on iTunes here. The single is a cover of The Cranberries' track Dreams, which Ruti closed the live grand final with.

However she's since returned to study for her A-Levels in the summer, putting her music career on hold.

"It’s surreal because on one hand I’m a normal 18-year-old, studying for my A-Levels, but at the same time I’m also mixing with Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am!" Ruti said this week. “But … I have my exams in June. Then I’m done.”

Once exams are out of the way, Ruti has big ambitions for her music.

"I want to make albums. I want to tour. I want to release singles. I want to collaborate with other artists," she told Hello magazine this week.

She added: “I’ll still continue making music even if I don’t become what people see as successful. As long as I’m getting a bit of money and making music, I’ll be OK.”

Ruti's winner's single debuted at Number 14 in the charts last week, the second most successful placing of any show winner to date.

The Voice UK airs on ITV.

The show will return in 2019 for a brand new series.

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