Rachael prepares for battle on The Voice

Rachael O'Connor with Kylie Minogue and Jake Shears.
Rachael O'Connor with Kylie Minogue and Jake Shears.

Limavady schoolgirl Rachael O’Connor will compete tomorrow night to get through to the next round of the BBC talent show ‘The Voice’.

Rachael, who celebrated her 17th birthday two weeks ago, will go head to head with one of her team mates from Team Kylie to make it through to the Showdown rounds and on to the public vote.

However the Limavady Grammar pupil has already been named by bookmakers William Hill as the favourite to the 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.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ this week, Rachael said the entire experience so far has been “amazing” and that working with Kylie Minogue has been really inspiring. “I love how Kylie’s career has progressed and I really admire her. I’d love a career like hers and she has been really helpful through the process.”

Rachael said the Aussie pop star is just an “inch or so” shorter than she is and laughed when asked if she had borrowed any of Kylie’s designer threads. “We’re not that close yet!”

For the battle round Rachael is pitched against 16-year-old Amelia O’Connell - who wowed the judges with her performance of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’- in the Blind Auditions. She said the process was really nerve-racking.

“As Amelia and I were both 16 - it was tough. You have to work so hard together to prepare for the round, knowing that it is the end of the road for one of you when it is done. “It does get a bit tense, there’s no doubt about it.”

The Voice will be screened on BBC1 on Saturday at 7pm. Keep an eye on www.derryjournal.com for updates.