AN Edinburgh schoolgirl who made her first appearance on hit BBC talent show The Voice on Saturday has racked up nearly 800,000 YouTube hits in five days.
Anna McLuckie’s harp-based performance of ‘Get Lucky’ by Daft Punk left celebrity judges will.i.am and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson battling to get her on their team, with the former Black Eyed Peas frontman winning out.
Last week the Evening News revealed the Broughton High School pupil had been concerned her voice may not have been strong enough to carry her through the blind auditions. But her worry appears to have been misplaced, with a video of her performance likely to reach a million hits before the next episode of the show is broadcast this Saturday night.
Anna, 17, who lives in Stockbridge, said she had been overwhelmed by the response.
“It’s pretty incredible. I had no idea it was going to be that well received,” she said. “I’ve watched the show back a few too many times to be honest. It wasn’t how I expected it to be or how I remembered it. I can’t remember them saying half the stuff that they said but they were so nice. It was great to see Kylie’s reaction. Now I’m busy practising, getting tracks mixed and everything prepared and ready.”
RBL Music’s Peter Michael Rowan, 57, who has 15 years experience of performing and organising musical gigs around the Capital, said he was confident we could expect great things from the schoolgirl, who is to attend the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
He said: “I’ve known Anna’s older brother Jack, who is also a musician, for a number of years. I didn’t realise Anna was going to be on The Voice but I was thrilled to see her performance. She was fantastic, so original.”
Lord Provost Donald Wilson, who Anna performed for at last year’s inaugural Lord Provost’s Garden Party, also voiced his support, saying: “I saw my first Community Garden Party as the ideal opportunity to showcase some of Edinburgh’s young musical talent – and Anna undoubtedly fitted the bill. Her performance that day was quite beautiful and it’s amazing to think she has a voice to match. I’m sure she’ll do her city proud.” Another video posted by the teen where she performs a cover of Electric Feel by US rock band MGMT has also been viewed nearly 18,000 times and can be seen on the Evening News website.