The 27-year-old singer emerges victorious over finalists Mike Ward, Leah McFall and Matt Henry

Andrea Begley has won the second series of The Voice UK.

The partially-sighted 27-year-old singer emerged victorious over Mike Ward, Leah McFall and Matt Henry in last night’s final (June 22), and has earned a “lucrative” recording contract.

Leah McFall had been the bookies favourite to win the BBC One show, but Begley’s performances of Evanescence‘s ‘My Immortal’, ‘Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan and ‘Hall Of Fame’ – where she was joined by her mentor Danny O’Donoghue‘s band The Script – helped her pick up the most public votes to win the competition.

Speaking to host Holly Willoughby immediately after her victory, Begley said: “I actually can’t speak. I never ever, ever could have imagined this. Honestly, first and foremost I have to thank everyone at home for voting for me. Hopefully I will try my best to put your vote to good use and be a success. Thank you so much.”

Begley will be hoping her debut album performs better in the charts than last year’s winner of The Voice, Leanne Mitchell. The singer, who won the BBC TV talent show in 2012, reached a disappointing Number 134, after she managed to sell only 895 copies of her debut album in its first week of sale.

You can watch Andrea Begley performing ‘Hall Of Fame’ with The Script below.