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Daniel Duke in vow to fans after exit from The Voice

By Nevin Farrell

Banbridge singer Daniel Duke may have been knocked out of BBC's The Voice last night, but he insisted: "This is just the beginning".

The 24-year-old had been tipped by some fans to go on and win the overall show but there was disappointment when our star of the County Down fell at the knock-out round.

Daniel had earlier dazzled a TV audience of millions by putting a new twist on Taylor Swift's Shake It Off by playing along with a mandolin.

And in a reference to the song and his show exit, he told his devastated army of fans on Twitter: "I'll shake it off".

He added: "I've had an absolute blast the whole way but this is just the beginning. Keep your ears and eyes open because there's #moretocome my friends. Thank you for everything and keep listening folks".

On the show, judge Sir Tom Jones said Daniel was "an accomplished musician with a great voice".

As another judge Rita Ora rocked along with Daniel, she said afterwards the Taylor Swift rendition was a "risky" song for Daniel to sing "but not in a bad way".

Another judge, Will.i.am, agreed it was "brave of him to sing that song".

After Daniel's performance, there was a good reaction on social media with some fans believing he would win the whole show and others said they would buy an album if it were produced now.

As he picked his winners, Sir Tom said: "I'm totally confused here. Each one of these singers deserves to go through, there is no doubt about that.

"I made it hard for myself again because it was so good. They all performed really well, they did what they set out to do, they did it excellently".

Daniel said: "Thanks for all the nice comments folks! Glad you liked my version!" and he revealed he will bring out an album in the summer.

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