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The Voice 2013: Show favourite Leah McFall "struggling with the pressure"

Francesca Menato
by Francesca Menato Published on 22 June 2013
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She's already got her music in the iTunes chart and is hot favourite to win tonight’s final of The Voice. But Leah McFall is reportedly finding all the intense pressure that comes from being in this position hard to cope with. Could backstage meltdowns and fear stop her from taking home the prize?

Leah McFall is struggling to cope with the intense pressure she's under as the runaway favourite to win this year's series of The Voice.

The singer has reportedly had a number of backstage meltdowns and "teary moments".

Nonetheless, her coach Will.i.am has great faith in his contestant and her ability to win on tonight's live final.

He even took her to Cannes on his private jet for a break from the show prep earlier this week.

A source revealed: “Will has been really worried and decided to treat her by taking her with him in his jet to a private party he was DJing at in Cannes. It was a total surprise and Leah was thrilled."

With her version of I Will Survive sitting happily in the Top 10 Chart, Leah is the bookies' number one choice to land the winning record deal.

But insiders are concerned that her success and the potential for more is actually getting too much for her.

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She apparently broke down in tears during a recent rehearsal and has been unable to decide what song to choose for the finale show.

The source told The Sun: “Leah is really feeling the weight of pressure on her shoulders. At one point she wished Cleo Higgins had beaten her into the final.

“She and Will have also had real trouble deciding what songs she should sing and have changed tracks several times. Despite I Will Survive already being a big hit, it doesn’t look like she will perform it in the final.

“It all seems to be getting too much for her and she is really struggling. There have been a few teary moments."

Will.i.am is convinced Leah could be a real success story and is adamant that if she wins he won't allow the BBC to delay her album release as they did with last year's victor.

The insider added: “Will wanted to give her a taste of what her life could be like if she knuckles down and works hard - and gets through Saturday’s final.”

Leah will face fellow finalists Mike Ward, Matt Henry and Andrea Begley​ in tonight's final, which kicks off on BBC1 at 7.15pm.

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