Limavady schoolgirl Rachael O’Connor has battled through to the next round of BBC talent show ‘The Voice’ after performing a blistering rendition of the Jay Z song ‘Holy Grail’ tonight.
The 17 year old songstress was chosen by mentor Kylie Minogue over fellow team-mate Amelia O’Connor in the show’s ‘Battle Rounds’ which saw the two singers go head to head for a place in the knock out round of the competition.
The Limavady Grammar pupil said, however, she had not been expecting to get through – having never heard of the song given to her by Kylie.
“I just panicked. I thought ‘I don’t know how to rap’,” she told the ‘Journal’. “I’d never heard the song at all but Amelia knew it, so I thought she had the edge on me.”
Once the girls were given the song, they were given just five minutes to learn what they could before first performing it in front of their mentor.
“It was nerve racking,” Rachael said, “But Kylie is lovely, and so helpful. And we got to work on the song for another week before we recorded the battle round.”
During the week’s rehearsals she became very friendly with Amelia, so she said winning the round had a bitter sweet element to it.
“Of course you want to win, but you know you are going up against someone you are friends with”.
Next up for Rachael is the knock out round – and while it has already been filmed, the schoolgirl is sworn to secrecy about the outcome.