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Record deal hope for opera star Lucy O'Byrne following Voice UK final

Laura Larkin

Published 06/04/2015 | 07:39

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
Lucy O'Byrne on The Voice UK, BBC 1
Opera singer Lucy O'Byrne had to warm up while being fitted in to a show-stopping dress of copper wire and electric lights (BBC/PA)
Sasha Simone, Stevie McCrorie, Lucy O'Byrne and Emmanuel Nwamadi fought it out in tonight's final of BBC programme The Voice
Dubliner Lucy O'Byrne who has made it through to live finals of The Voice UK at the Song & Dance Stage School in Baldoyle today, that is ran by her parents Carol & Jimmy O'Byrne
Dubliner Lucy O'Byrne who has made it through to live finals of The Voice UK, with her sister Rachel, parents Jimmy & Carol and her grandmother Rose, at the Song & Dance Stage School with her family in Baldoyle today
Voice star Lucy O'Byrne with parents Carol and Jimmy
Lucy O'Byrne

Baldoyle native Lucy O'Byrne missed out on the top spot in The Voice UK but she is not ruling out a record deal or working with her mentor Will.I.Am.

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"I'm thrilled I think I'm just as happy as if I had won," she told the Herald.

The Dubliner consistently wowed the judging panel of Rita Ora, Ricky Wilson and Sir Tom Jones with her operatic tone, but missed out to Scottish singer Stevie McCrorie last Saturday night.

"There's still a window to see if there'll be any extra record deals given out apart from the winner, so we'll see then what's going to happen," she said.

"It will depend on the record. It's possible, and certainly now with all the exposure lots of doors will open up for me I hope."

Her coach Will.I.Am has recorded duets with Cheryl Cole and other big industry names, and working alongside him on a record would be a huge boost for the Dubliner.

"Certainly Will and his advisor Dante Santiago were really interested in what I was doing and they really loved what we're doing together, so hopefully something will come of that working relationship," she said.

Despite missing out at on the top spot, the 24-year-old is "thrilled" with her success on the British show.

Her Saturday night rendition of 'Lost Stars' was the culmination of weeks of training for the Dubliner.

"It was pretty tense initially, but once I got to that stage I had done everything I could do and everything I wanted to do," Lucy said.

"Stevie was incredible and from the moment I watched his blind audition, I could tell that he was going to go places."

It has been a hectic start to 2015 for the opera singer and last night she was settling back home in her flat in London.

"I hope to come back to Dubin soon for a little break," she said.

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