Anna McLuckie says Voice has brought her fame

Harpist Anna McLuckie performs on hit talent show The Voice. Picture: BBC/Wall to Wall
Harpist Anna McLuckie performs on hit talent show The Voice. Picture: BBC/Wall to Wall
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HARP toting pop starlet Anna McLuckie says appearing in The Voice has resulted in her being recognised wherever she goes.

The talented 17-year-old gets mobbed by people wanting her autograph and selfies.

Her new-found fame comes ahead of another crunch appearance in the show –which is regularly watched by 9.1 million people.

Anna said she still has not got used to being instantly ­recognised while she is out and about.

She said: “I was walking through Stockbridge the other day and a car pulled up beside me, then the people inside rolled down the window and motioned me over.

“I thought they needed directions but they actually wanted a picture and an autograph for their daughter, who is apparently a fan!

“It was really strange. I seem to be getting recognised more and more and it’s always an odd feeling, but everyone has been very nice.”

Anna is hoping mentor will.i.am, 38, will be knocked out by her performance on tomorrow night’s edition.The former Broughton High student has already survived the battle rounds, which saw her go head to head with ­Sheffield’s Jessica Steele ­performing Green Day’s classic number, Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).

She added: “I was quite ­surprised that Will chose that song but I was pleased it was something I knew!”

Anna, whose harp-based cover of Daft Punk’s monster hit Get Lucky first secured her a place in the competition and has now been viewed more than four million times on YouTube, said she was thrilled to be chosen as the winner of the battle – but was also pleased her opponent was saved by fellow judge, Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson, 36.

“I was relieved that it didn’t mean she had to go home. We all get on very well so it’s hard when you have to compete against each other.” In the run up to the battle rounds, Anna, from Stockbridge, admits ­having no control over the song choice was causing her some butterflies.

“I admit I feel better being able to perform alone rather than as part of a team, and while I did say it was nerve-wracking not being able to choose the song, when you do get to pick, you feel under a lot of pressure to choose well!

“I remember feeling really scared when I told Will what I would be singing – I wasn’t sure if he would like it or have even heard it before – but he smiled when I said what I wanted to do.”

The knockout rounds see the four coaches enter the stage with seven team members; six winners of the battle phase, and one ‘stolen’.

The competitors will perform a ‘killer song’ of their choosing and the coaches will each pick three members of their team to go through to the live shows, creating a final 12 for the public vote.

“People say I’ve picked a challenging song, but it’s ­actually one I feel very comfortable doing,” she adds.

“I just hope the performance goes well.”

Anna appears The Voice on BBC1 tomorrow at 7.45pm.

jen.lavery@edinburghnews.com