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Friday 2 December 2016

Record deal hope for Dubliner Lucy O'Byrne as she bows out of Voice UK

Finalist Lucy O'Byrne singing on the final of the BBC programme The Voice
Finalist Lucy O'Byrne singing on the final of the BBC programme The Voice
Finalist Lucy O'Byrne singing on the final of the BBC programme The Voice
Finalist Lucy O'Byrne singing on the final of the BBC programme The Voice

BALDOYLE native Lucy O'Byrne missed out on the top spot in The Voice UK but she is not ruling out a record deal or working with her mentor Will.I.Am.

"I'm thrilled I think I'm just as happy as if I had won," she told the Herald.

The Dubliner consistently wowed the judging panel of Rita Ora, Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones with her operatic tone, but missed out to Scottish singer Stevie McCrorie last Saturday night.

"There's still a window to see if there'll be any extra record deals given out apart from the winner, so we'll see then what's going to happen," she said.

"It will depend on the record. It's possible, and certainly now with all the exposure lots of doors will open up for me I hope."

Her coach Will.I.Am has recorded duets with Cheryl Cole and other big industry names, and working alongside him on a record would be a huge boost for the Dubliner.

"Certainly Will and his advisor Dante Santiago were really interested in what I was doing and they really loved what we're doing together, so hopefully something will come of that working relationship," she said.

Despite missing out at on the top spot, the 24-year-old is "thrilled" with her success on the British show.

Her Saturday night rendition of 'Lost Stars' was the culmination of weeks of training for the Dubliner.

"It was pretty tense initially, but once I got to that stage I had done everything I could do and everything I wanted to do," Lucy said.

"Stevie was incredible and from the moment I watched his blind audition, I could tell that he was going to go places."

It has been a hectic start to 2015 for the opera singer and last night she was settling back home in her flat in London.

"I hope to come back to Dubin soon for a little break," she said.

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