GLENGORMLEY girl Leah McFall is the bookies’ favourite to win BBC talent contest The Voice following the semi-finals this weekend.
McFall, 23, who is mentored by Will.I.Am, won the public vote over fellow Team Will member Cleo Higgins, to join Matt Henry, Andrea Begley and Mike Ward in next week’s live final.
Last week, McFall made it into the top 20 of the official UK Charts with her performance of I Will Survive.
With odds of 2-7, Coral bookmakers said “she only has to show up” to win.
“I rarely come across people like Leah,” said coach Will.i.am, citing her “incredible range and crazy work ethic”.
McFall, from Belfast, sang Killing Me Softly for the live semi-finals, as well as performing a group song, Rapture, with the Black Eyed Peas frontman and Higgins.
Begley – McFall’s closest rival – is coached by The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue; country-singer Ward is coached by Sir Tom Jones; and Henry is mentored by Jessie J.
The concept behind The Voice originated in Holland in 2010, and the TV show has since become a worldwide brand, rivalling hit series such as The X Factor and American Idol.
The second UK series began in April on BBC One, and saw a steady rise in ratings throughout the blind auditions, peaking at 9.57 million viewers.
However, rating have since fallen with the semi-final drawing an average audience of 5.8 million, approximately 28% of the available audience, according to overnight estimates.
Sir Tom Jones’ pick – Leanne Mitchell – won the first series of The Voice UK last year, but failed to break into the Top 100 with her debut album.