The Voice UK winner Craig Eddie has revealed how he celebrated being crowned the champ of the 2021 series.
The 23-year-old looked completely shell-shocked when he was announced as the winner on Saturday night's finale and because of Covid restrictions, his celebrations were forced to be quite low-key.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Star the morning after his win, Craig said: "Right after I had a whisky, I needed to celebrate.
"Me, Anne-Marie, Olly Murs and Tom Jones had a little socially distanced drink.
"That was quite surreal, and I remember just sitting there and I was getting a bit tipsy and I just looked at Anne-Marie and Olly and Tom and I was like, 'What is my life? This is mad!'"
He said: "My head's still in the clouds, it feels so surreal. It genuinely feels like I'm dreaming.
"I genuinely never thought I would do it.
"I never thought I'd get a turn at the blind auditions, and then I won it, so it just goes to show that you can be capable of doing more than you would ever think."
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Craig joined Anne-Marie's team, on what was her first series on the show after joining the coaching line-up.
He told us: "It felt really good to get Anne-Marie the win.
"She was really passionate about it and she was like me – really, really competitive. So to get her the win, it did feel really good."
He said: "My winners song Come Waste My Time has started climbing the charts and each time it goes up a position she's sending me the screenshot of the iTunes chart, she's buzzing about that."
It has since been confirmed that Come Waste My Time is now the best performing self-written winner’s single in The Voice UK history.
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Craig released an original song for his winners single and it's clear he has plans to keep writing his own music – and maybe even for other artists.
He told us Yungblud and Machine Gun Kelly would be at the top of his list of people to write with – as well as Anne-Marie.
"I would love to keep working with her now, whether that be writing, or any way," Craig said.
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"I'd really love to keep working with her."
He and Ciao Adios songstress Anne-Marie performed a duet of No Doubt song Don't Speak, and Craig said he "loved it".
"Before that, I was really overthinking it because I've never duetted with anyone before, so the first time was live on TV in front of millions of people – and it was with Anne-Marie," Craig said.
"That was a lot to take in. Beforehand, I was really overthinking it, but thankfully we pulled it off on the night."
And it's clear viewers agreed, as they voted for him to take the top spot and win the record deal in the end.
He beat off competition from Grace Holden who was runner-up, and Hannah Williams and Okulaja who were eliminated before the final face-off.
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