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Rachael exits The Voice ahead of semi-finals

Programme Name: The Voice - TX: 22/03/2014 - Episode: The Live Show 1 (No. 12) - Picture Shows: LIVE SHOW Rachael O'Connor - (C) Wall To Wall - Photographer: Guy Levy

Programme Name: The Voice - TX: 22/03/2014 - Episode: The Live Show 1 (No. 12) - Picture Shows: LIVE SHOW Rachael O'Connor - (C) Wall To Wall - Photographer: Guy Levy

Talented Drumsurn singer Rachael O’Connor has been knocked out of BBC’s The Voice ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals.

The 17-year-old had been the bookies favourite to win the show but it wasn’t to be as the public failed to give her the votes she needed to get through.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday she said, “It was an amazing experience but I’m gutted to be leaving the show without a recording contract.”

But she has not been deterred from pursuing a career as a recording artist. “If anything, my time on The Voice has made me want it more. And I am going to do it.

“I want to be a superstar.”

Straight after Saturday night’s show, Rachael’s coach Kylie Minogue tweeted, ‘It’s the start of a big future Sweetie!!!’ and Rachael said she has already been in contact.

“Kylie email-ed me on Sunday to say she was proud of me and that the industry is filled with unexpected twists and turns.

“I hoping to get tickets to see her tour when it comes to Belfast in November.”

Rachael also said that Saturday night’s performance was a “dream come true”.

“I have always wanted to work with a professional production team, with a live band and backing dancers, so while the song choice may not have showcased my voice to its full potential I wanted a happy song that would get people dancing, and it did that.”

She also had great praise for all of her supporters. “My family and friends have been brilliant but I didn’t expect the level of support I got and I’m so grateful for everyone’s votes and well wishes.”

In the meantime it’s back to school for the Limavady Grammar student who will be sitting her AS Levels in May.

 

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