Anna McLuckie set for next round of The Voice

Anna, centre, with Jessica Steele and will.i.am. Picture: BBC/Wall to Wall
Anna, centre, with Jessica Steele and will.i.am. Picture: BBC/Wall to Wall
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Edinburgh schoolgirl Anna McLuckie is hoping her luck holds as she moves through to the Battle Rounds of BBC’s The Voice.

Now The Broughton High pupil wowed audiences and the show’s superstar judges alike with her unique harp-accompanied performance of Daft Punk monster hit Get Lucky in the first round, choosing to be mentored by former Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am .

But will.i.am now has some tough decisions of his own to make, as the Battle Rounds sees team members go head-to-head, with every judge forced to crush the dreams of one of their hopefuls each week.

Anna, 17, who lives in Stockbridge, will be going up against Sheffield singer Jessica Steele, 22, and said: “I really never expected to get this far, it’s very exciting but also really nerve-wracking! One of the scariest things about the Battles is the fact that your mentor picks the song you both have to sing, so it’s a complete surprise.”

To help them prepare, will.i.am’s team was coached by last year’s runner-up Leah McFall and previous adviser Dante Santiago.

Anna has previously revealed that she was concerned her singing would not be strong enough to get her through the Blind Auditions stage of the hit show.

However, her worries proved unfounded, with many viewers marking her as “one to watch” in the competition. But that doesn’t mean her nerves have completely disappeared.

“I was worried it would be a really ‘big’ song, or that it would be one I hadn’t heard before and would have to learn completely from scratch.”

But the teen, who has been recognised more for her show-stealing TV performance at live gigs around the city, is sworn to secrecy about the outcome of tomorrow’s battle, which could give Kaiser Chiefs Ricky a second chance to scoop her up.

“If your mentor chooses to let you go, the other judges have the option to swoop in and save you from going home. I love being on Team Will, it’s really just like a big family and everyone gets on very well. But the other judges have some very talented people too, and there’s no rivalry to speak of.”

After the three Battle Rounds the lucky winners will progress to Knockout Rounds before voting is opened to the public in the finals.

The Voice is on BBC 1 tomorrow at 7pm.

INTERNET HIT

AS well as being a hit on the show, Anna McLuckie has also become a YouTube sensation, with her cover of Get Lucky picking up nearly 800,000 hits in the five days following the broadcast, going on to hit the million mark before the week was out.

The numbers are climbing, with the clip having been seen more than 3.5 million times.