The Voice 2021 winner Bella Taylor Smith reveals how she plans to spend her $100k prize money
Bella Taylor Smith has revealed what she plans to spend her $100,000 cash prize on after being crowned the winner of The Voice Australia.
During Sunday’s grand finale, the 23-year-old singing teacher from Team Guy Sebastian was overcome with emotion after receiving a recording contract with EMI Music, alongside the life-changing lump sum.
And on Monday morning’s Sunrise, Bella revealed to host David ‘Kochie’ Koch how she plans to be sensible with the cash, and use it to ‘get her life in order’.
Champion: Bella (pictured with coach Guy Sebastian) was crowned the winner on Sunday’s grand final, taking home a recording contract with EMI Music and the life-changing prize money of $100,000
‘I’ll pay some bills!’ she laughed. ‘Hopefully plan a holiday when everything is back up… just get my life, kind of together and in order a little bit.
‘It’s going to be huge for me, that part of it.’
Bella was gobsmacked when she was announced as the show’s winner on Sunday, beating out finalists Arlo Sim, Mick Harrington and girl group G-Nat!on.
‘I really can’t believe it, I’m so thankful,’ she said on-stage.
Emotional: The 23-year-old was understandably overcome with emotion following the announcement
She continued: ‘I can’t wait to see what incredible things are ahead for me. I’m really grateful for you [coach Guy], for everyone who voted and for my beautiful family who I love.’
Guy was particularly moved, saying: ‘I’m so proud. There are so many deserving people up there, but you are special Bella, go out there and kill it, I know you will.’
Following the announcement, Bella, who hails from Sydney, commanded attention as she performed her new single Higher for the judges and viewers at home.
Bright future: ‘I can’t wait to see what incredible things are ahead for me. I’m really grateful for you [coach Guy], for everyone who voted and for my beautiful family who I love,’ Bella said
The performance was just as stellar as her earlier rendition of Never Enough from the Hugh Jackman-led film, The Greatest Showman.
All four coaches were blown away, with country music star Keith Urban remarking: ‘If you’re not a believer at this point you’ve got to check your pulse. That was amazing.’
British songstress Rita Ora praised Bella, saying she ‘felt like she was floating’ after that ‘unbelievable’ performance.
Captivating performance: Earlier on in the episode, Bella joined Guy on stage where they performed a duet of Andrea Bocelli’s The Prayer
Nothing but praise: ‘Guy’s been so lovely and genuine this whole process and I’m really grateful he’s been my mentor. I feel very lucky to be able to sing with him,’ Bella told host Sonia Kruger (right)
The stellar tunes did not stop there with Bella later joining Guy to perform a duet of Andrea Bocelli’s The Prayer.
Guy then surprised her, along with viewers at home, by suggesting she join him as a support act on tour.
‘Guy’s been so lovely and genuine this whole process and I’m really grateful he’s been my mentor. I feel very lucky to be able to sing with him,’ she told host Sonia.
The top four: Bella battled it out for the crown alongside finalists Arlo Sim (far left), Mick Harrington (second left) and girl group G-Nat!on (right)