Saturday 24 March 2018

Dublin Opera singer Lucy O'Byrne loses to Stevie McCrorie in BBC's 'The Voice'

The Voice UK winner Stevie McCrorie embraces coach Ricky Wilson as Emma Griffiths looks on
The Voice UK winner Stevie McCrorie embraces coach Ricky Wilson as Emma Griffiths looks on
Lucy O'Byrne singing with on The Voice UK final

Catherine Wylie and Neil Lancefield

Stevie McCrorie has been crowned winner of The Voice.

The budding star, coached by Ricky Wilson, beat off competition from Lucy O'Byrne in the grand final of the BBC show.

Stevie McCrorie, The Voice UK, BBC 1
Stevie McCrorie, The Voice UK, BBC 1
Sasha Simone, Stevie McCrorie, Lucy O'Byrne and Emmanuel Nwamadi fought it out in tonight's final of BBC programme The Voice

His debut single, which will be available from midnight, is a cover of Lost Stars, which was originally by Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.

After his victory was announced, the 29-year-old, from Clackmannanshire in Scotland, said: "I never thought this was possible."

Read more here: The Voice UK final: Dublin opera singer Lucy O’Byrne comes runner-up to Scottish firefighter Stevie McCrorie  

McCrorie's voice faltered as he revealed: "I'm so lost for words right now. I can't thank everyone enough for doing this for me."

Lucy O'Byrne on The Voice UK, BBC 1
Lucy O'Byrne on The Voice UK, BBC 1
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
Opera singer Lucy O'Byrne will have to warm up while being fitted in to a show-stopping dress of copper wire and electric lights (BBC/PA)
Lucy O'Byrne with her parents

He went on: "After tonight it's down to business. Obviously the single is going to be out at midnight tonight and everyone that has voted for me, just go and buy that single."

The fireman only ended up on the show after his workmates entered him.

He was the favourite to win the final, and bookmakers have quoted odds of 3/1 that his debut release goes to number one in the UK charts.

A spokesman for Coral said: "Stevie has proved a popular winner in this year's series of The Voice as he was well backed to win the show ever since his blind audition.

"All three previous winners of The Voice have struggled in the charts but our odds suggest Stevie could have some success with his debut single and album."

Meanwhile the bookmaker has pushed out the odds of Rita Ora returning to the show as a mentor next year to 5/2.

After the show went off air, Stevie said: "I feel like I'm kind of living in a dream right now," adding: "It doesn't feel real."

Sitting next to Wilson on the Kaiser Chiefs frontman's big red chair, Stevie said: "It feels like a dream." Wilson told Stevie the "next round" is "the rest of your life".

Read more here: Stevie McCrorie wins The Voice 

Stevie said his emotions got a hold of him during his last performance because it was "so overwhelming".

He said when his name was called it felt like he was going to another round of the competition rather than being crowned the winner.

Turning to his winning contestant, Wilson said: "We beat Will.I.Am...he has 14 million Twitter followers."

Read more here: Irish contestant Lucy O'Byrne will be wired into an electric dress for tomorrow's final of The Voice UK

He said what won it for Stevie was simply him singing the song and "connecting with people".

Stevie said he tried to act like he was not feeling the pressure of being the favourite but said he did "for quite a bit".

Wilson said: "Stevie's a typical Scotsman. Although on paper he was the favourite all along he still felt like the massive underdog."

Read more here: Lucy set to light up Voice final 

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