Dubliner Lucy feels pressure ahead of Voice UK finals - but Irish fans are behind her
Dublin native Lucy O'Byrne is the last Irish finalist in The Voice UK and she admits she's feeling the pressure ahead of the first live show tomorrow night.
Unlike other reality talent shows where one contestant is eliminated each week, four singers - one from each of the four coach's teams - will be eliminated, which puts added pressure on the wannabe superstars.
"I'm really excited for the live shows this weekend. I've just realised that it's actually going to happen now," she told the Herald.
"The last week or so has been really intense with long days of rehearsals and we moved to an apartment nearer the studio as well so it's been really busy.
"I am nervous though as four of us will leave the competition this week. It's a lot of danger and no one feels safe, it just goes to show every vote counts," she added.
Opera singer Lucy (20), who entered the Voice of Ireland in 2012, is on Will.I.Am's team. She says the former Black Eyed Peas singer has given her great advice.
"He's been really supportive and we've had a good bit of time with him this week as the rehearsals get more intense," she explained.
"He's really interested in what I'm doing, even though opera is totally different to the music he creates.
"I definitely hit the jackpot with him, he is so supportive and he's really interested in finding out what I can do," she added.
While she dreams of recording her own album one day, the Baldoyle native is focussing on preparing for her first live show and drumming up support from Irish people in the UK.
"I'm taking each week as it comes, it will be my first time on live TV this week and I can't think beyond that," she said.
"The support has been amazing. I'm the last Irish person left and I've had support from all over - it's been incredible.
"The Irish can't vote but I'm trying to drum up support from Irish people in the UK," she added.