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Super soprano Lucy O’Byrne sings her way to second place in UK Voice final

EntertainmentBy Neil Fetherston
Lucy O'Byrne
Lucy O'Byrne

Super soprano Lucy O’Byrne has sung her way to second place in the UK Voice final in a thrilling finish that wowed a TV audience of millions.

The 23-year-old outsider electrified the crowd and the judges with a powerful performance alongside mentor will.i.am on Habanera from Carmen after pulling off an earlier stunning version of Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’.

Lucy (23) was supported in the wings by her parents Jimmy and Carol, sister Rachel, her granny Rose and friends.

She was vying with Emmanuel Nwamadi, Sasha Simone and favourite Stevie McCrorie to be crowned this year’s winner, whose debut single ‘Lost Stars’ was released at midnight after their victory.

“I never really expected any of this at all,” reflects Lucy. “I never expected to get through the blind auditions let alone the final. 

“I’m having a great time and the aim was not necessarily to win but to perform with all these amazing themes.”

Lucy, who hails from Baldoyle in north county Dublin, is a trained opera singer and was working as an usher in London’s Apollo theatre before entering the Voice.

“Will has been of huge support to me and he’s really interested in classical music,” which is my background,” she adds.

Now, Lucy – who also once appeared in the Voice of Ireland – is going to take her time in deciding what to do next.

“At the moment I don’t have plans and I had to leave working in the theatre, which has Wicked on, before the quarter final,” she points out.

“My boss said to me though ‘of course we will take you back, but go and live your dream first’

She also admitted that she got extra encouragement in last night’s final as fellow Dubliners The Script cheered her on from the sidelines after appearing as one of the star guest acts.

“I’m a huge fan and it was great to hear more Irish accents in the studio,” Lucy tells the Sunday World.

The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue was a mentor for the first two series of the BBC show and his band joined Paloma Faith as guest performers on the nail-biting final.