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Fireman Stevie McCrorie is home and hosed in The Voice final

By Catherine Wylie

Ricky Wilson has told the winner of The Voice, fireman Stevie McCrorie, that the talent show's future now depends on his success.

The budding star, coached by Wilson, won the grand final of the BBC show and said it "feels like a dream". His debut single, which is already available, is a cover of Lost Stars, which was originally performed by Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.

McCrorie (29), from Clackmannanshire in Scotland, said his ultimate dream is to have a career in music, release albums, and be a "successful and sustainable artist".

The BBC talent show has not matched the success of acts created by The X Factor, who traditionally release a single immediately after the show ends.

Leanne Mitchell, who won the first series of The Voice, flopped when her debut single failed to reach the top 40.

Asked about how previous winners have not enjoyed huge success, Wilson quickly replied: "Stevie hasn't won it before."

Asked what McCrorie will need to do to be different, Wilson said: "That's the first thing I said to him when ... I said, 'tell you what, if this show's going to carry on, you need to ... it's on your shoulders now. You have to be a success.

"And I know that you're going to do everything you can to do it because this is where it starts."

McCrorie, who ended up on the show after his workmates put forward his name, said he is a "very determined" person.

Asked what his colleagues at the fire station will think, he said: "I think they're over the moon for me because they all wanted me to go for it. They were the guys that applied for me for this show. A lot of people have saw something in me that I didn't see, and even standing up there I've still got that self doubt and I think it's going to take a while to click in, to take in, that I've actually won The Voice 2015."

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