The ITV talent show has just finished its eighth season, but – remarkably – no winner has ever managed two Top 40 singles. Midweek chart data shows Ruti is about to change all that, after returning to the show on Saturday night as the special guest to perform her new song Racing Cars. Now it seems to be enjoying a big sales surge that could lead to an impressive chart achievement.
Today’s midweek flash from the Official Charts Company shows Racing Cars at a respectable No22 at the halfway stage.
If it can maintain its current momentum until the final chart is revealed on Friday, Ruti will become the first winner of The Voice UK to get two songs into the Top 40. Her winner’s single Dreams peaked at No14 last year.
Almost all of Racing Cars’ current success is from sales rather than streams: indeed the song charged into the Top 3 of the iTunes singles chart after her TV performance on Saturday, while the accompanying EP became No1 on the digital store’s album chart. It is not in the Spotify Top 200.
Sir Tom Jones, who mentored Ruti on The Voice tweeted of its success yesterday: “Huge congratulations to @rutimusic, a fantastic performance on @thevoiceuk final last night and now her brilliant debut EP Racing Cars is #1 on iTunes. Very proud and well deserved!”
Two former finalists have pulled off the feat before, but never winners.
Becky Hill has visited the Top 40 multiple times since becoming a live show contestant in the very first series. One of those songs, Gecko (Overdrive), even hit No1 in 2014.
Leah McFall, meanwhile, was in the Top 40 twice before the final of the second season had even aired: her performances of I Will Survive and Killing Me Softly helped her to No8 and No36 respectively.
As for this year’s winner, Molly Hocking is currently No47 in the first sales flash.
She is at a disadvantage, given that her cover of I’ll Never Love Again was not available until yesterday (Sunday), two days into the tracking week.
That track is at No1 on iTunes as things stand, so could continue to rise up the Official Chart over the coming days if its momentum continues.
The last winner to impact the Top 10 with their debut single was Stevie McCrorie: Lost Stars hit No6 back in 2015.
The Voice returns to ITV next year.