Everything changed on Monday night for Winmalee's Anja Nissen, who, at 18 years of age, was announced 2014's winner of The Voice Australia. Under the tutelage of Will.i.am, she wowed the crowds with riveting vocals and star appeal.
Now, with help from Will.i.am and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia, she is well on her way to a promising career in music and fulfilment of a dream.
The journey starts on an Australian tour with her fellow finalists from the show.
Following her win, she attended a post-show party and later to the studio where she learned much from her group leader, mentor and now coach, will.i.am.
In an interview with POPSUGAR, she shared cool and quirky details about Will.i.am's eating habits stating "he doesn't like to eat. He only eats white meat. He loves sushi and stuff like that, like Japanese food. That's pretty much all I can think of right now."
On a more serious note, she added, “I hope to collaborate with Will.i.am one day and release my own music, too."
With her win, Nissen walks away with $100,000, a new car and to add to that, she's been signed on by Will.i.am's record label. More than that, she's entered the pantheon of established Australian celebrities and she'd no doubt be solicited for guest speaking roles, via established organizations such as Celebrity Speakers Australia.
Some of the biggest names in music have made their claim to fame on his label, including Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga, and Will.i.am made close comparisons of Nissen to both. He added that he looked forward to managing Nissen on stage over the coming months.
Questions about conflicts arose around her affiliation with Universal Music Australia and her agreement with Will.i.am, but Nissen clarified that there would be no issues, as both entities exist under the same label.
Nissen spent four long months as a Will.i.am team member, duelling it out to the end with contestants from opposing teams under Ricky Martin and Kylie Minogue. The gruelling three-hour finale pitted Nissen against team Ricky's Jackson Thomas and team Kylie's Johnny Rollins, finding her finally at the top as she bellowed out her favourite disco tune "When Love Takes Over."
After her win, Nissen thanked family, friends and everyone who supported her.
“I’m grateful that I have the support of my local community and also the support from people across Australia,” she said.