Who won The Voice Kids UK series 1? Where is the winner now?

As the second season of ITV's junior singing contest begins, we catch up with its first ever winner.

Will.i.am, Pixie Lott and Danny Jones are on the hunt for singing superstars of the future once again, with the return of The Voice Kids UK.

In the run-up to the series launch, we take a look back at what happened in last year’s competition.

[Read more: All you need to know about The Voice Kids UK]

Who won The Voice Kids UK series 1?

The very first winner of The Voice Kids UK was Jess Folley, a 13-year-old from Essex.

Before appearing on the programme, Jess had wowed her friends with a performance at a school show, and liked to practise her talents in local events.

She sang Jess Glynne’s Ain’t Got Far to Go at her blind audition, where she joined Pixie’s team, and won her battle round with Little Me by Little Mix.

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Jess’s semi-final choice was Clean Bandit and Louisa Johnson’s Tears, and she won the show with a rendition of the Beyonce track Love on Top.

Since winning the show, Jess has been working hard on her voice and recorded a single, Separate Ways, with another aspiring young singer, Aaron Martyn.

Who were the other finalists?

In 2017, six kids made the grand final of the competition.

Jess was up against Riccardo Atherton, who was also mentored by Pixie, as well as Jake McKenchie and Gina Philpot from Will’s team.

Danny’s finalists were Erin LeCount and Courtney Hadwin. Courtney has recently shot to stardom as a contestant on America’s Got Talent, where she impressed Simon Cowell and the US audience.

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How is The Voice Kids UK different in 2018?

The second season of the singing contest has a brand new format different to the one we saw last year.

It will still be made up of blind auditions, battle rounds, semi-finals and a live grand final, but this time the whole thing will run over the course of a week.

Every evening, we’ll see a new instalment of the competition ahead of the live grand final on Friday, July 20.

What is the prize?

As the singers taking part are so young, the programme’s makers are keen not to put too much pressure on them by offering a record deal.

So as with the first series, the kids will be competing for a different kind of dream prize.

The lucky winner will bag a £30,000 bursary towards their musical education, and a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday to Disneyland Paris.

The Voice Kids UK returns on Saturday, July 14 at 8pm and continues every night until the final on Friday, July 20 on ITV.

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