Voice of Tyrone Andrea Begley set to hit the charts
The Voice winner Andrea Begley looks on course to make the top 20 in the singles chart this weekend.
Midweek positions released by the Official Charts Company show the Tyrone-born singer is at number 19 with her spellbinding cover of Evanescence's My Immortal.
The 27-year-old civil servant from Pomeroy beat bookmakers' favourite, Belfast girl Leah McFall, to clinch an exclusive record deal with Universal.
Show runner-up Leah could see three songs in the top 40 at the weekend. Her version of I Will Always Love You is at number 22, while I Will Survive is at 24 and Killing Me Softly is 34.
Andrea, mentored by The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, is preparing for her debut CD which will feature material both self-penned and cover material.
“Danny has said he wants to help me with the album,” she said earlier this week. “He's advised me to get it out as quickly as possible, not a rushed job, but just to get it out there soon.
“I'll be having lots of meetings this week with Universal and management. It's all so exciting because I've never worked with anyone of this calibre before.”
Meanwhile last year’s winner Leanne Mitchell, whose debut album flopped, has complained she was made a “scapegoat”.
The singer spoke out just days after the climax of this year's series and after criticism when her album only reached 134 in the charts.
She complained that no one was “on my side from the start” and countered suggestions she did not want to work to make the album a success.
Mitchell said she had no hand in the timing of the record — which came out almost a year after her win but which was completed months earlier — and said she had trusted people around her to make the right decisions.