Things are on the up for Voice’s Barbara

Barbara doing what she does best
Barbara doing what she does best

A Falkirk singer just missed out on a space in the live finals of a TV talent show.

Barbara Bryceland failed to make the live semi-finals on BBC One show ‘The Voice’ after beating 35,000 singers to make the top 40.

Barbara Bryceland went head to head with Leanne Mitchell in the battle round of 'The Voice' but lost out on a space in the live finals

Barbara Bryceland went head to head with Leanne Mitchell in the battle round of 'The Voice' but lost out on a space in the live finals

She was selected by Tom Jones to join his mentoring team but wasn’t selected as one of his final five on Sunday night’s show.

Barbara (47), from Redding, is a regular on the gig circuit, performing in La Banca and Behind the Wall and says she has no regrets over appearing on ‘The Voice’.

Speaking exclusively to the Falkirk Herald she said: “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”

The grandmother was pitted against Leanne Mitchell in an on-stage battle. They belted out Lady Gaga tune ‘Edge of Glory’ but Tom opted to take Leanne through to the live finals.

“When I was put against Leanne, I knew I’d have a tough match on my hands - we are both big power house diva singers. I loved the song Tom chose and I really gave the best performance I could.

“Of course I was gutted to go out but I had an absolute ball. Tom was lovely, a great mentor and gave good advice. I was the oldest contestant in the competition so I think I did well to get so far.”

Barbara first auditioned in November, going though to the judges round and then the battle round which took place in February.

She continued: “I feel like I’ve been living a secret life since January. I couldn’t tell people about the show, so I was down in London rehearsing and then my friends would phone and I’d have to kid on I was in Redding - in that respect I’m glad it’s all out in the open now and I don’t have to keep any secrets.”

The final 20 acts will now be whittled down with a weekly public vote with the winner of the ‘The Voice’ getting a recording contract and a good chance of pop superstardom.

While this looks like the end of ‘The Voice’ journey for Barbara, who also got down to the boot camp stages on ‘The X Factor’, she is optimistic for the future.

“I’ve always been lucky and had regular gigs with people making the effort to come and watch.

“I know lots of singers have struggled with the recession but I’ve always had plenty of work.

“There are some exciting things in the pipeline - but I can’t announces what they are just yet.”

Barbara will play La Banca Tapas Bar in Vicar Street, Falkirk on May 4 and at Floozie Fridays at Behind the Wall, Melville Street, on May 11.