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Rachael makes it to the knockout stage

Emma Willis celebrates with Rachel when she got through the knockout round last week.

Emma Willis celebrates with Rachel when she got through the knockout round last week.

Limavady schoolgirl Rachael O’Connor will find out tomorrow night whether she’s made it into the live shows on the BBC show The Voice.

Limavady schoolgirl will find out on Saturday whether she’s made it to the live shows on the BBC show The Voice.

Last week the local teenager made it through the battle rounds.

She has just one last challenge standing between her and the all important live rounds.

If she makes it through on Saturday she’ll be packing her bags and heading for London for the next few weeks.

Speaking from her Limavady home this week Rachael said: “I’m delighted to have got this far.

“The week I’m in the knockout rounds where I’ll be up against members of my team. We each prepare our own song.”

The 17 year-old has chosen Paloma Faith’s ‘New York’ as her song for this weekend’s show.

“I wanted an upbeat song,” she explained. “I wanted to show that I can do more than stand in front of a mic, but that I can move as well.

“However I didn’t realise how difficult the song would be and how big it was. I don’t think it was my best choice of song. It was fun to give it a go but I was nervous.”

One of the best things about performing on the show, Rachael says, is getting to know Kylie Minogue.

“Kylie calms me down all the time,” she said. She has been fantastic.”

The Limavady Grammar School pupil has already been named by bookmakers William Hill as the favourite to win the series and the YouTube video of her Blind Audition has been viewed in excess of half a million times in the past three weeks.

The Voice will be shown on Saturday night on BBC One at 7.15 p.m.

Keep an eye on www.derryjournal.com for an exclusive interview with Rachael after the show.

 

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