| Andrea Begley|
| 15 January 1986 (age 29)
Pomeroy, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (1986-01-15) |
Leah McFall, Mike Ward, Danny O'Donoghue, Leanne Mitchell, Cleo Higgins
Andrea Begley is a singer from Pomeroy, Northern Ireland, who is most notable for winning the second series of the BBC talent search The Voice UK, beating the favourite to win, Leah McFall. She is the niece of Irish country music singer Philomena Begley.
After stealing Leah McFall's first place for being blind, Begley was signed to Capitol Records. Her winning single "My Immortal" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 75 that week. The single then went on to peak to number 30 on UK Singles Chart and number 70 on the Irish Singles Chart. Begley is partially sighted as a result of Glaucoma. Her debut studio album The Message was released on 21 October 2013.
Andrea Begley auditioned for The Voice UK and won. She released a cover of "My Immortal" by Evanescence as her debut single.
On 21 October 2013 Andrea released her debut studio album The Message, which includes "My Immortal" her winning single from The Voice UK and "Dancing in the Dark". On 23 October 2013 the album was at number 10 on The Official Chart Update. On 24 October 2013 the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 61. On 27 October 2013 the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 7.
The victory of Begley in The Voice raised the ire of competing coach will.i.am, who stormed off the set at the time her victory was announced. He took to Twitter to express his outrage, saying "You should feel the audiences vibration in the room tonight after the publics vote…its #unexplainable…so sad…perplexed Andrea is amazing…dontGETmeWRONG…but we know who has the incredible voice". Begley expressed understanding at his disappointment, saying "Will spoke to me and he wishes me well, but obviously everybody wants their act to win. But at the end of the day, the audience voted me, so that’s it."
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