The Voice UK winner Andrea Begley says she'll work hard for success

Andrea Begley (The Voice UK)

The Voice UK winner Andrea Begley has taken a bit of a swipe at last year's champ Leanne Mitchell.

Speaking after her triumph on last year's final A, Andrea said she was confident she wouldn't flop like Leanne, because she's willing to work hard.

It follows comments from Andrea's coach Danny O'Donoghue that Leanne's failure in the charts was her ownfault.

“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.”

Asked if she worried about following in Leanne's footsteps, Andrea said: "Yeah, but I'm willing to work hard.

"Obviously I'm a totally different artist as well. I've got my own ideas and now the direction I want to go in."

She added: "Last year' mistakes were made and lessons have been learned about getting material out sooner."

Andrea also admitted that she would take advice from experts when it came to her debut record, but wouldn't change too much.

She said: "There would have to be compromises. I'm quite forthright and I'll speak my mind , but I'm willing to listen as I'm new to the industry."

Leanne previously warned Andrea, as well as hitting back at Danny, claiming she was being made a scapegoat for her poor album sales.

Hitting back on Twitter, she 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.”

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