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Monday 20 November 2017

'I was so emotional as I watched Voice audition on my late grandad's birthday'

A DUBLIN student who dedicated her performance on The Voice to her late grandfather celebrated getting through to the next stage of the competition on his birthday.

Sunday's instalment saw Lucy O'Byrne (21) give a pitch perfect rendition of Smile (Though Your Heart Is Breaking), which she dedicated to her grandad Michael Peakin, who passed away earlier this year.

"My parents and my sister only saw my audition on Sunday when it aired on RTE and it happened to be his birthday, so the whole family were all together and it was very emotional for us to see it," the Baldoyle native said. "We were thinking of him that day. He passed away last March.

"I was in the Gaiety doing the Fiddler on the Roof, I was playing one of the leads and he came to the show on one of the Monday nights, he was so proud to see me on the big stage and kept on telling everyone.

"On the Wednesday night, while I was on stage, he passed away with my entire family around him. I was the only person who couldn't make it but he said that he knew that I couldn't."

Lucy is currently studying Performance Studies at the Liberties College, with the The Bull Alley Theatre Training Company.

Despite her young age, she was one of the most experienced singers in Sunday's episode of The Voice of Ireland as she has been performing since the age of five.

It almost worked to her disadvantage as judges openly admitted they were looking for voices they could "fix" and improve.

However, as she sang the last note of the classic Charlie Chaplin and Nat King Cole song, Westlife's Kian Egan turned around and confirmed that the pretty redhead had secured a place on his team.

Prior to her audition, Lucy had admitted that she hoped Kian would pick her and she was delighted that her wishes had come true.

"It was so lucky, I couldn't believe it when he turned around in the end," she said.

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