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'It’s really nerve-wracking and I am terrified' - Voice UK runner up Lucy O'Byrne set to release debut album

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 04/03/2016 | 14:21

Lucy O'Byrne singing with Will.i.am on The Voice UK final
Lucy O'Byrne singing with Will.i.am on The Voice UK final

Last year’s runner up of the Voice UK – Dublin singer Lucy O’Byrne, has described the build up to the release of her debut album as “terrifying and nerve-wrecking”.

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The 25-year-old Opera singer - mentored by Will.i.am, was the first classical singer - and Irish person to get to the final two on the hit show.

Lucy told Independent.ie that her success has boosted the confidence of other Irish people and people from the classical music genre who are looking for success on the show.

“I am still good friends with some of the production staff from the show and some of them have said to me ‘there are a lot of Irish auditioning this year because of you’,” Lucy said.

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

“They also said that there are a lot more classical theatre performers auditioning so it’s amazing to hear that my experience on the show might have given other people the confidence to audition.”

After getting knocked out of the Battle rounds on the Voice of Ireland, Lucy relocated to London two years ago and never dreamed of entering another reality TV show.

“It was never my plan to go for the Voice UK – I did it in Ireland and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, I had no desire to repeat that experience and didn’t want to try it over here.”

“I couldn’t see myself getting very far and I still cant believe that I was voted for by the British public.  My singing teacher told me to go for the first round and then I kept getting through.  I was like ‘oh god what if I end up on telly’, but once you do you start to enjoy it and I got to the stage where I was like ‘I really want this’.

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

The Baldoyle native’s career has gone from strength to strength sine appearing on the British Voice and she is currently in the middle of a UK tour of The Sound of Music.

“I play Maria and the songs are just amazing – I was doing it every day since November and we are finished now for ten weeks and then start again in May.

“The Voice was definitely the catalyst for all of this – I am not complacent about it, I know where I have come from and I am so grateful for what the show has done for my career.”

A big favourite of US singer Will.i.Am, Lucy said the rapper has been a huge help in promoting her first album Debut, which goes on sale across Ireland the UK on March 25.

“Will.i.Am has been great – he’s been showing lots of support for me on social media and I hear he has been talking about me on the show, although I haven’t been able watch the show with the musical,” she said with a laugh.

“He’s been incredible.”

Debut covers a range of musical genres, including classical, pop and traditional Irish music.

“I am relieved that all of the creative stuff is finally done but there is also a feeling of helplessness that my stuff is going to be out there for people to hear and buy or not buy,” Lucy said.

“It’s really nerve-wracking and I am terrified, but at the same time I am loving it and it was great fun making the album,” added Lucy.

Her first single, The Universal, is out now.

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