The Voice winner Ruti Olajugbagbe says it feels odd to be going back to college after landing a record contract.

The 18-year-old student from Essex was led to victory by mentor Sir Tom Jones on the ITV show.

She told Hello! magazine: “It’s surreal because on one hand I’m a normal 18-year-old, studying for my A-Levels, but at the same time I’m also mixing with Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am!

“But … I have my exams in June. Then I’m done.”

The singer, who has released her new single Dreams, said she will spend her first pay cheque from the track on a new guitar.

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And she told the magazine: “I want to make albums. I want to tour. I want to release singles. I want to collaborate with other artists.”

She added: “I’ll still continue making music even if I don’t become what people see as successful. As long as I’m getting a bit of money and making music, I’ll be OK.”

The latest issue of Hello! is out now.