Sunday 30 April 2017

Spinning Around: Irish teenager Rachael O'Connor (16) wows on The Voice UK

This Irish teenager had Kylie Minogue quite literally Spinning Around.

Rachael O'Connor (16) from Derry made her debut at the blind auditions of The Voice UK last night and had three of the four star judges vying to mentor her.

Her rendition of Emeli Sande's Clown had all four turning in their chairs just seconds in.

The transition year student attends Limavady Grammar School and hails from Drumsurn in Derry.

Sir Tom Jones praised her 'original' sound, while Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson said: "It was great, your confidence poured over the back of my chair like a tidal wave."

But it was Aussie singer Kylie Minogue who beat the competition.

"You are what I was just dreaming to hear and then to see - you were so moving, touching, the purity in your voice," Minogue said.

A stunned Rachel deemed her unsuspected success was "like a dream, it doesn't seem real."

She will now go forward to the next round of the competition in the battle stages against another act of her mentor's.


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