A priest has won the Ukrainian version of The Voice after wowing the country with his heavenly tones.


The 33-year-old, named Aleksandr Klimenko, wore his robes to compete in the final in which he was coached by famous singer Tina Karol.


He clinched the top spot after beating off stiff competition and his song will now be given three months airtime on one of the Ukrainian radio stations. He will also make a music video for the hit and has been given a flat in the city of Kiev.


The dad-of-four was clearly overjoyed to have won.


He said: "Thank you for your support. But I still believe that the most important event of the month and of the life is Easter. Happy Easter.


"If the image of the priest will inspire people to pray, it would be fantastic."


Aleksander is a prison chaplain and is married with four kids.


The spokesman of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate said: "Thank God he won the competition! One should not criticise him. The Church established our culture and our goal is to remind people how it all started. We want everything to be pure and beautiful. This is all linked to the Church."

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Author: David Rogers

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