Limavady Grammar student Rachael O’Connor is on cloud nine after her appearance on ‘The Voice’ on Saturday,
The 16-year old student impressed three of the four judges with her rendition of Emeli Sande’s ‘Clown’ - leaving her with a choice of coaches for the next stage of the competition.
Speaking to the ‘Journal’ yesterday Rachael said, “I never thought any of the coaches would turn round, I was delighted when three did.”
And there was no contest in her mind of who she wanted to choose: “Obviously Kylie was the one I wanted but I would have been interested in working with Will.I.Am. too.
“I could not believe my eyes when Kylie started to dance around her seat!”
And Kylie did more than dance, as she battled with music legend Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chief fame to ‘win’ Rachael for her team.
Kylie said, “You are what I was just dreaming to hear, and then to see. You were so moving, touching, the purity in your voice, and a beautiful song choice. I would love to work with you.”
Will.I.Am was the only coach not to ‘turn around’ for the chance to win Rachael for his team, but he immediately tweeted on Twitter, ‘I shoulda turned...damn it!!! Thats the thing with having your backed (sic) turned & trying not to second guessing things...sometimes your wrong’.
But Rachael was spoiled for choice as Tom Jones said: “I think you sound original, as young as you are. I would love to have you on my team.”
Finally Ricky Wilson tried his best to get her to join his team saying: “It was great, really, really good.”
Rachael said yesterday: “I was worried no-one would turn round, or that the audience wouldn’t clap, so I really didn’t expect three judges to turn round.
“It was amazing to have a choice but I’m so delighted to get Kylie.”
But Rachael wasn’t the only star on Saturday night as her father Eddie could be heard screaming, “Go on, I’m going to have a heart attack!” as he urged the judges to turn.
Laughing about it now, Rachael said: “I worried about what my dad would be saying but he was just really funny. My family are so supportive. They all came round on Saturday to watch the show with me and everyone was in tears. I kept saying ‘why are you crying, it’s a good thing’!”
However, it’s still sinking in for the vivacious schoolgirl just how big a deal being on the show really is.
“It’s so surreal. Last week I was watching films on TV and now I’m on it! I was never sure about going on a talent show. Lots of people have been on them and you don’t hear much of them afterwards. But I’ve loved the experience so far and I don’t regret any of it. This is me now, the platform has been built so hopefully I can go on from here.”
The next stage of ‘The Voice’ involves being put up against another of Kylie’s singers in the ‘battle round’.
This has already been filmed, so Rachael now has to keep tight lipped about whether she gets through to the live shows.
“It’s difficult not to let it slip. My parents and a few people who went over to watch me know the result but that’s it.”
In the meantime, Rachael has to go back to homework and everyday life, but it’s clear she has a life in music ahead.