EDINBURGH schoolgirl Anna McLuckie says she has no regrets after being knocked out of The Voice.
For the all-important knockout rounds, the 17-year-old chose to perform her own version of Autumn, written by Scots singer-songwriter Paulo Nutini, 27, in honour of his late grandfather, a song she admitted she had been warned was “challenging”.
She said: “Obviously it would have been great to get through, but I’m happy with what I did. I love the song and to be able to go out there and perform it in front of the nation was a brilliant experience.”
And her performance left mentor will.i.am, 38, torn over who to take through to the next stage – the live shows.
“He said it was a very difficult choice and that if he had four places instead of three he would have taken me, but that he had to let me go as the remaining three were so strong. I have to say, I completely agree, they are absolutely incredible performers.”
And Anna, who has been playing the harp since the age of nine and practices for two hours every day, has vowed to carry on with her music career as she prepares to start studying at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
“I’ve got no regrets from doing the show, and I’m still amazed to have gotten as far as I did. I honestly thought I’d messed up at the very first stage, but the reaction to Get Lucky has been incredible. I’m just going to keep on gigging and see how things go, but I’m obviously very grateful for the opportunities being on The Voice has given me. It would have been great to do the live shows, but I’ll enjoy watching from home and cheering my teammates on!”
Anna’s performance of Daft Punk’s summer smash Get Lucky went viral after she first appeared on the show in January and has now been viewed nearly 4.2 million times by music lovers across the world. And while the Broughton High student, who lives in Stockbridge with her parents, has praise for all her teammates, she already knows who will be getting her vote.
“It has to be Jermain, he’s absolutely amazing.”
We told on Saturday how the musician has been taken aback by her overnight fame. People now regularly stop her in the street to ask for her autograph – or to get a “selfie” with her.
She said: “It’s always an odd feeling being recognised – but everyone has been very nice.”
This year’s programme has been regularly attracting more than nine million viewers.