The Voice UK: Steve McCrorie crowned winner

Last updated at 11:20
Steve McCrorie
Stevie was the favourite to win the the singing competition

Scottish firefighter Steve McCrorie has won the fourth series of The Voice.

The 29-year-old triumphed over Lucy O'Byrne, who is trying to make it as an opera singer.

"I'm so lost for words right now," he said, his voice cracking after being told he had won. "I can't thank everyone enough for doing this for me."

His debut single is a cover of Lost Stars, from the film Begin Again.

Emmanuel Nwamai, Lucy O'Byrne and Sasha Simone
The other finalists: Emmanuel Nwamai, Lucy O'Byrne and Sasha Simone

McCrorie was coached to victory by Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, who put the singer's victory down to "connecting with people".

"Stevie's a typical Scotsman. Although on paper he was the favourite all along he still felt like the massive underdog."

The grand final attracted an average audience of 6.3 million on Saturday, down from 6.6 million in 2014 and 7.2 million in 2013.

But 7.9 million were watching when the winner was announced at 9pm.

Paloma Faith
The final also saw a dramatic performance from Paloma Faith

As well as O'Byrne, he beat Emmanuel Nwamadi and Sasha Simone, who were eliminated halfway through the final.

The show also saw special guests Paloma Faith and The Script take to the stage - marking former coach Danny O'Donoghue's return to the singing competition after two years.

Current coach Rita Ora also performed New York Raining with Charles Hamilton.