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Thursday 17 August 2017

'Watching Lucy sing on The Voice in front of Tom Jones and Rita Ora is incredible,' reveals proud dad

Lucy O'Byrne
Lucy O'Byrne

DUBLIN opera singer Lucy O'Byrne's parents always knew she had star quality but even they've been taken aback by the scale of her success on The Voice UK.

"It was absolutely heart-stopping to watch her in a show of that size. The stage is huge, the lighting rig is frightening," her dad Jimmy told the Herald.

"Just to be in the same room as people like Ricky Wilson, Rita Ora, Will.I.Am and Tom Jones and watch your daughter perform and command every bit of that stage was incredible," he said.

Showbiz savvy certainly runs in the O'Byrne family. Her parents Jimmy and Carol are both actors and her sister Rachel has just finished filming a Hollywood movie.

The talented family run a stage school called Song and Dance in Baldoyle that they set up for their daughters in 1996.

Lucy (24) has helped out in the past, teaching musical theatre classes.

She has gone onto The Voice with her eyes wide open according to Jimmy and she has the work ethic that she will need to make it in such a tough industry.

"I have always said to the girls that talent without application is worth nothing so it's great to see them both getting recognition for their hard work," he said.

Her family will jet to London this weekend to cheer on the talented singer as she battles to get through to the final of the prestigious music competition.

Her nana Rose has also travelled to watch her granddaughter perform and has made friends with Will.I.Am.

At home in Baldoyle Lucy's stage school students organised a party to watch her compete in the show live on TV.

"Going to the supermarket is almost like an outing now as everyone wants to talk about her," Jimmy joked.

A few weeks ago Lucy paid a surprise visit to one of her parent's classes and gave the lucky youngsters an impromptu performance inspiring them.

"They look at her and think 'maybe that could be us someday'," he said.

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