Singer suggests another artist should have won
Charlie Teasdale

10:23 21st August 2012

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Danny O'Donoghue, singer with The Script and judge on The Voice, has criticised Leanne Mitchell's win on the 2011 series of the show, saying there were better stars in the competition.

The Irish singer, who was a mentor on the show, claims that the singer failed to achieve success after her victory on the show because voting public have different taste to music listeners.

"She wasn't on my team so I can't feel that much disappointment," says The Script frontman in an interview with Gigwise. "She won the show, you know, in the final she was 'technically' the best singer. Was she technically the best artist? No. But that's just my opinion.

"She was definitely the best singer on the night, but it was unfortunate, that other people didn't get a look in, ones that would have suited pop music better."

O'Donoghue, who is set to make a comeback with The Script's new single 'Hall Of Fame' also doubt Mitchell's long-term prospects, suggesting the singer is too dull to perform entertain audiences.

"She's got an amazing voice, but I couldn't see her exciting 80,000 people for an hour and a half, there were people like that on the show, but they got voted off, and it's quite hard."

Below: the biggest ever reality TV flops

  • Leanne Mitchell: It might be too soon to call time on The Voice UK's first ever winner, but after a bumpy first season, her winner's single is set to score the singer a great big flop due to lack of promotion from the BBC.

  • Matt Cardle: After winning the 2010 series of X Factor, Cardle quickly distanced himself from the show - distancing himself from his fans at the same time. He recently parted ways with his record label, but is said to be much happier without their involvement.

  • Leon Jackson: Poor old Leon Jackson. Following the obligatory post-X Factor chart topper with 'When You Believe', the Scottish singer's career sank lower than Simon Cowell's neckline as follow-up singles flopped. Now recording new material - like all the others...

  • Michelle McManus: The second (and final winner) of UK talent show Pop Idol, McManus waddled to victory on the TV show, but her dreary ballads led to an ungraceful bellyflop for her career before it had even begun.

  • David Sneddon: Winner of the BBC's first attempt to rival Pop Idol, all's well that ends well for Sneddon, as he penned tracks for Lana Del Rey's debut album, which topped the charts across the globe earlier this year.

  • Alex Parks: Another Fame Academy winner, Cornish lesbian Alex Parks was the show's second - and final winner. Her location and movements are currently unknown, but they probably involve the South West of England.

  • Jai McDowall: Winner of Britain's Got Talent 2011. Thank goodness a dancing dog won it this year eh?

  • Steve Brookstein: Bitter winner of the first series of X Factor in the UK. Has spent his years since slagging off Simon Cowell's publicity machine in an attempt to drum up publicity for himself...

  • One True Voice: Lets be honest, none of them were pretty enough to get into Girls Aloud anyway.

  • Joe McElderry: A pop flop, but done OK for himself since winning Popstar To Opera Star and releasing mum-friendly albums of non-offensive cover versions.

  • Same Difference: Creepy brother and sister duo who spent far too much time together.

  • Ronan Parke: Britain's Got Talent 2011 runner-up. Possibly not the British Justin Bieber he was initially touted as...

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