The Voice Australia finale: Faith Sosene implies Lachie Gill won because he’s white


A finalist on The Voice Australia has raised eyebrows by suggesting Lachie Gill won the singing competition because of his white privilege.

Melbourne P.E. teacher Lachie, 24, the only white finalist in the top four, received the most votes from the public during Sunday night’s season finale.

Reacting to his victory, runner-up Faith Sosene, 25, shared an Instagram post that hinted he won because his ethnic background made him ‘perfect’ for Australia.

‘Perfect for them’: The Voice Australia runner-up Faith Sosene (left) has raised eyebrows by suggesting Lachie Gill (right) won the singing competition because of his white privilege

‘We already knew Australia was gonna love & pick you! You’re simply perfect for them,’ Faith wrote alongside a photo of Lachie. 

Tagging fellow finalists Thando Sikwila, 29, and Jordan Tavita, 23, she added: ‘We must work harder for future generations to win. Off to work we go.’ 

Faith later edited her Instagram post, deleting the words ‘for them’ so the sentence read: ‘You’re simply perfect.’

Her reference to ‘working harder for future generations’ was also deleted.

Post: Reacting to his victory, runner-up Faith Sosene, 25, shared an Instagram post that hinted he won because his ethnic background made him 'perfect' for Australia. However, she later edited the post (updated version pictured) to remove any possible reference to white privilege

Post: Reacting to his victory, runner-up Faith Sosene, 25, shared an Instagram post that hinted he won because his ethnic background made him ‘perfect’ for Australia. However, she later edited the post (updated version pictured) to remove any possible reference to white privilege 

Edits: Faith later edited her Instagram post, deleting the words 'for them' so the sentence read: 'You're simply perfect.' Her reference to 'working harder for future generations' was also deleted. However, the original post still remains on Faith's Facebook page (pictured)

Edits: Faith later edited her Instagram post, deleting the words ‘for them’ so the sentence read: ‘You’re simply perfect.’ Her reference to ‘working harder for future generations’ was also deleted. However, the original post still remains on Faith’s Facebook page (pictured) 

But Faith forgot to update the same post on Facebook, which still contains the original text. 

Faith and Jordan are of Samoan descent, while fellow finalist Thando is Zimbabwean.

Lachie has taken the high road, uploading a gushing tribute to Faith, Jordan and Thando on Instagram on Monday morning. 

'I LOVE YOU SO MUCH': Lachie has taken the high road, uploading a gushing tribute to Faith, Jordan and Thando on Instagram on Monday morning

‘I LOVE YOU SO MUCH’: Lachie has taken the high road, uploading a gushing tribute to Faith, Jordan and Thando on Instagram on Monday morning

Debate: There was a wave of backlash against the The Voice Australia on Sunday, with some viewers claiming Lachie's win wasn't deserved. (Pictured: Lachie with his coach Rita Ora)

Debate: There was a wave of backlash against the The Voice Australia on Sunday, with some viewers claiming Lachie’s win wasn’t deserved. (Pictured: Lachie with his coach Rita Ora)

‘To the most genuine and incredible three people on this planet I LOVE YOU SO MUCH,’ he wrote next to a photo of the foursome posing for a selfie. 

There was a wave of backlash against the The Voice Australia on Sunday, with some viewers claiming Lachie’s win wasn’t deserved.

Twitter users expressed their belief that Lachie only won because he was white. 

Conflict: Victorian Lachie was up against fellow finalists Thando Sikwila (pictured), Jordan Tavita and Faith Sosene, and some felt that his win was not warranted

Conflict: Victorian Lachie was up against fellow finalists Thando Sikwila (pictured), Jordan Tavita and Faith Sosene, and some felt that his win was not warranted

Discussion: 'Surely no one is surprised the pretty white boy won,' one person tweeted, while someone else added: 'Lachey won? Sounds about white'. (Pictured: finalist Faith Sosene)

Discussion: ‘Surely no one is surprised the pretty white boy won,’ one person tweeted, while someone else added: ‘Lachey won? Sounds about white’. (Pictured: finalist Faith Sosene)

‘Surely no one is surprised the pretty white boy won,’ one person tweeted, while someone else added: ‘Lachey won? Sounds about white’. 

‘I really hate to say this but there were three next level vocalists on #TheVoiceAU in the final. And the winner wasn’t one of them. Was the only white one though. I truly can’t think of another explanation,’ another wrote. 

‘Apparently all you need to win #TheVoiceAU is be a mediocre white man!!’ someone else agreed while one more said: ‘No way. That’s rigged. White boy who fits the suit.’

Sceptical: 'I really hate to say this but there were three next level vocalists on #TheVoiceAU in the final. And the winner wasn't one of them. Was the only white one though. I truly can't think of another explanation,' another wrote. (Pictured: finalist Jordan Tavita)

Sceptical: ‘I really hate to say this but there were three next level vocalists on #TheVoiceAU in the final. And the winner wasn’t one of them. Was the only white one though. I truly can’t think of another explanation,’ another wrote. (Pictured: finalist Jordan Tavita)

‘No surprise there. Three world class vocalists and and one AFL player who plays guitar. Australia gonna vote white,’ another tweeted.    

‘Yep a white boy with no voice won #TheVoiceAU. What more could go wrong aye? Stop white washing everything. Stop making us all look bad. We must demand to see all the votes that came in,’ one more chimed in. 

‘Well… that was a waste of time – three incredible singers of colour and the mediocre white guy won.’ 

'Apparently all you need to win #TheVoiceAU is be a mediocre white man!!' someone else agreed while one more said: 'No way. That's rigged. White boy who fits the suit'

‘Apparently all you need to win #TheVoiceAU is be a mediocre white man!!’ someone else agreed while one more said: ‘No way. That’s rigged. White boy who fits the suit’

During Sunday night’s grand finale, Lachie won the $100,000 prize money and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia.

After host Sonia Kruger delivered the verdict, the former football player and P.E. teacher said he was ‘blown away’.

‘Oh my God! From the start, I just never, ever would have expected this. I’m just blown away. Thank you so much. Wow. Thank you,’ Lachie exclaimed. 

Pretty penny: During Sunday night's grand finale episode, Lachie won the $100,000 prize money and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia

Pretty penny: During Sunday night’s grand finale episode, Lachie won the $100,000 prize money and a recording contract with Universal Music Australia

Doing well: After host Sonia Kruger delivered the verdict, the former football player and P.E. teacher said he was 'blown away'

Doing well: After host Sonia Kruger delivered the verdict, the former football player and P.E. teacher said he was ‘blown away’

Lachie’s coach, British songstress Rita Ora, praised him for his talent and thanked Australia for their support.

‘You did all of this. Australia, thank you, thank you, I love you. I feel like this is just the beginning for you. Congratulations. I’m so happy for you I can’t breathe!’ she gushed.

Rita and Lachie performed Lady Gaga’s hit Always Remember Us This Way during Sunday’s finale. 

'Oh my God! From the start, I just never, ever would have expected this. I'm just blown away. Thank you so much. Wow. Thank you,' Lachie exclaimed

‘Oh my God! From the start, I just never, ever would have expected this. I’m just blown away. Thank you so much. Wow. Thank you,’ Lachie exclaimed



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