The Voice winner Leanne makes ‘scapegoat’ claim

Leanne Mitchell, winner of last year's edition of BBC talent show The Voice. Picture: PA
Leanne Mitchell, winner of last year's edition of BBC talent show The Voice. Picture: PA
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Leanne Mitchell, winner of last year’s The Voice, whose debut album was a huge flop, feels she has been made a “scapegoat”.

The singer spoke out just days after the climax of this year’s series and following criticism she has endured since managing to get to just 134 in the album chart with her first release.

She complained that no-one was “on my side from the start” and countered suggestions she did not want to work to make the album a success.

Will.i.am – one of the coaches from The Voice – said in a recent interview: “The record company should be freakin’ embarrassed. Somebody should get slapped because you waited too long. It’s hopeless to release a record so long after the series finished.”

Mitchell hit back this week in a message which she posted online after keeping silent following her chart flop last month.

She said: “Ever get the feeling you’ve been used as the scapegoat? 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.

“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.”

Mitchell said she had worked hard since she was 13 “doing what I love, and felt that maybe it would have all been worth it for this past year”.