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Irish teenager Lauren Lapsley-Browne impresses Will.I.Am and makes next round on The Voice UK

Geraldine Gittens

Published 05/03/2016 | 19:46

Lauren hugs Vivicia after they battle it out together with 'Love Shack'
Lauren hugs Vivicia after they battle it out together with 'Love Shack'
Singer Lauren Lapsley-Browne

Dublin's star in The Voice UK has survived round two after impressing her hero Will.I.Am.

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The Voice UK Lauren Lapsley Browne (18), from Clondalkin was set the tough task of singing “Love Shack” in a head-to-head battle with fellow contestant Vivicia Jade.

Lauren and Vivicias’ modern twist on The B-52s hit was praised by judge Ricky Wilson as “celebratory and warm” and “joyful”.

While the Black Eyed Peas star agreed: “You guys both shine.”

But only one singer could go through to the next round. And Will.I.Am deemed bubbly Dubliner Lauren to be the winner.

“The person that’s going to go through is going to be Lauren”

Overjoyed, Lauren, who works in a bagel bar in Dublin, burst into tears.

After getting through to the blind auditions of the talent show, Lauren said she felt like "she was in a dream"

Two out of four judges turned during her performance. Will.I.Am spun his chair just seconds into Lauren's rendition of Rufus and Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody, and compared her to "a Charlie's Angel".

She previously said: "I was hoping for Will.I.Am so much because he has that specific type of tone that he is into. Paloma Faith turned, too. I wasn't expecting that at all and was so thrilled."

Among her biggest supporters is her dad, Callum, who was a member of Irish boyband NV.

"My dad was the one who started me off singing, because he would be in the house with the band - and I became interested and decided to do it myself," she has said.

"I started singing in school and was getting high marks in music exams, so I said I would do something about it.

"I had entered one or two singing competitions before, but they were local ones and I never did a gig in my life."

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