Published On: Wed, Sep 15th, 2021

The Voice viewers blast claims Bella Taylor Smith won because of her links to Hillsong Church

The Voice viewers blast ‘absurd’ claims Christian singer Bella Taylor Smith only won because of her links to Hillsong Church – as they label the rumours a ‘conspiracy theory’


Fans of The Voice have rubbished claims Bella Taylor Smith only won the singing competition because of her links to Hillsong Church.

Bella, 23, who is a member of the evangelical megachurch, was crowned the winner on Sunday night after her impressive performance of Andrea Bocelli’s The Prayer alongside her coach Guy Sebastian, a devout Christian with links to Hillsong.

The season finale was criticised on Twitter for its apparent religious overtones, but viewers have since defended Bella, arguing she won the show ‘fair and square’.

‘She deserved to win’: Fans of The Voice Australia have rubbished claims Bella Taylor Smith (pictured) only won the singing competition because of her links to Hillsong Church

‘I’m sick of conspiracy theorists making it into something its not. She’s a lovely girl with a fantastic voice. Religious or not, she won fair and square. Well done, Bella,’ one supporter commented.

‘OMG. Doesn’t matter what religion she is. BELLA was amazing. She deserved to win. She was the best talent,’ another person wrote.

A third agreed: ‘I don’t think Bella won because she sang the religious song. We knew all along because of her big beautiful voice that she would be the winner, even if she sang another song so don’t bring religion into this.’

'That's absurd!' Viewers of the Channel Seven show hit back and insisted she 'won fair and square', after some skeptical fans claimed she was crowned the winner because of her links to the church

‘That’s absurd!’ Viewers of the Channel Seven show hit back and insisted she ‘won fair and square’, after some skeptical fans claimed she was crowned the winner because of her links to the church

‘Seriously!! I don’t recall Hillsong being mentioned during the finals and even if it was so what!! Bella wowed everyone with her voice and she gave thanks to the ones who ultimately graced her with the gift! Congratulations Bella!’ one commented. 

Another wrote:’Bella was amazing. She is beautiful and deserves The Voice title 2021. There is nothing wrong with having faith. Wishing her the best for the future.’

‘That’s absolutely absurd! She has an amazing voice and I really appreciate how open she is about her faith. A winner in every sense,’ another said.

'Seriously!! I don't recall Hillsong being mentioned during the finals and even if it was so what!! Bella wowed everyone with her voice and she gave thanks to the ones who ultimately graced her with the gift! Congratulations Bella!' one person wrote

‘Seriously!! I don’t recall Hillsong being mentioned during the finals and even if it was so what!! Bella wowed everyone with her voice and she gave thanks to the ones who ultimately graced her with the gift! Congratulations Bella!’ one person wrote

It comes after The Voice was criticised on social media for appearing to promote the  Hillsong Church during Sunday night’s grand finale.

‘Hillsong has been instrumental in this show from the start. It’s been a vehicle for their singers. I refuse to watch anything that promotes [it],’ one critic tweeted.

‘Hillsong Church member auditions for a Hillsong coach, then Hillsong coach has to act like the Hillsong connection isn’t there until grand finale night but okay,’ another wrote, noting Smith and Sebastian’s ties to the religious organisation.

Reaction: It comes after many fans at home were skeptical of Smith's links to the influential church and the religious overtones of her song choice

Reaction: It comes after many fans at home were skeptical of Smith’s links to the influential church and the religious overtones of her song choice

A third agreed: ‘So disappointed with the choices for The Voice. I mean Bella’s lovely but the Hillsong connection just makes it a bit suss [suspicious] for me.’ 

Smith was crowned the winner of The Voice Australia on Sunday night.

Emotional: Smith, a singing teacher from Sydney, was overcome with emotion as host Sonia Kruger announced she would receive a recording contract with EMI Music and a $100,000 cash prize

Emotional: Smith, a singing teacher from Sydney, was overcome with emotion as host Sonia Kruger announced she would receive a recording contract with EMI Music and a $100,000 cash prize

The singing teacher was overcome with emotion as host Sonia Kruger announced she would receive a recording contract with EMI Music and a $100,000 cash prize.

‘I really can’t believe it, I’m so thankful,’ she said.

‘I can’t wait to see what incredible things are ahead for me. I’m really grateful for you [Sebastian], for everyone who voted and for my beautiful family who I love.’

Sebastian 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.’

After her victory, Smith, who hails from Sydney, performed her new single Higher.

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