The Voice 2012 winner Leanne Mitchell claims she's been made a scapegoat

Leanne with Sir Tom

The Voice UK's first winner Leanne Mitchell has claimed she's been made the scapegoat for her flop album.

Leanne's comments come after claims that she is set to be dropped by the show's record label Universal, just a year after she won the series.

None of Leanne's singles, including her winner's track, made the Top 40, while her debut album failed to crack the Top 100.

The self-titled record sold fewer than 1,000 copies during its release week earlier this year, with coach Danny O'Donoghue blaming Leanne herself for the flop.

“That’s not my fault, that’s not the show’s fault, that’s not the BBC’s fault, that’s just her fault. You can take an artist like that and question their work ethic,” he said earlier this month. “I was told by Tom Jones, and by the label as well, that Leanne just did not want to work as hard as you have to work to be a pop star.”

Hitting back this evening on Twitter, Leanne told her fans: "Ever get the feeling you've been used as the scapegoat? I have had to read and listen to so much about me recently, and so far have kept quiet."

And she pinned the delay on the album on record label bosses, explaining: "For the record, I'd written and finished the majority of my album by the end of last summer, around September time... I don't know why it was decided to wait so long to release it, but unfortunately, being very new to all this and probably too naive, I had to trust the people around me in making the right decisions."

In comments seemingly aimed at Danny, Leanne continued: I have absolutely worked my backside off to WRITE this album, not copping out on all covers. And as some people have speculated, I absolutely wanted and still want to work for it.

"I have worked bloody hard since the age of 13 doing what I love, and felt that maybe it would have all been worth it for this past year. I wonder if everyone that has said/written negative things about me have even listened to the album?"

Leanne continued: "Again, unfortunately, I don't think anyone was particularly on my side from the start. I never wanted to speak up, as I suppose the next thing will be I'm 'bitter', which I'm not, at all. I LOVE being a singer, and music will always be everything to me, on whatever level that may be, and that makes me happy.

"I still feel very lucky to have experienced what I have in the past year, and if people actually gave me a chance, and didn't judge me one what has been said or written, maybe they'd see some people are just in it for the music x"

Leanne added to her followers: "Just to add, I want to thank everyone that has supported me in the past year, you've made it worthwhile x"

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