Leanne Moore from Limerick was left speechless after being announced as the selection of telephone voters. In the final sing-off in the series, her version of the Al Green soul hit Let’s Stay Together helped her to pull ahead of runner-up, 20-year-old Robyn Kavanagh from Co Wicklow, who sang Amy Winehouse’s Valerie.
Leanne eventually gathered her composure after the result was announced by host Brian Ormond live on RTÉ One shortly before 9pm.
She thanked the thousands who voted to keep her in the show and had a special word for her family and other supporters who cheered her on at the Helix theatre in Dublin.
“There’s some amazing people back there. They pulled me together,” she said.
Earlier last night, Leanne and Robyn had gained more votes than mother-of-two Deirdre Archbold from Clonakilty, Co Cork, after the three emerged from the semi-final on Saturday when hot favourite Sharon Condon from Co Kildare became the latest casualty.
Leanne walked away last night with a top prize of €50,000 and Roland music equipment worth €10,000.
The competition was judged by former Boyzone star Keith Duffy, Liberty X singer Michelle Heaton and journalist Brendan O’Connor.
The finalists were chosen from 14 contestants who made it through to the live stages following auditions staged around the country.
Series executive producer Larry Bass said this year’s contest was better by far in terms of general talent than the five previous You’re A Star series.
Julian Vignoles, RTÉ’s deputy commissioning editor for entertainment, wished Leanne the best of luck in the future.
“We’re delighted with how successful the series was this year,” he said.