Saturday 10 December 2016

Laura O'Connor 'in shock' as she's the first singer to get through to the Voice of Ireland live shows

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 21/03/2016 | 07:24

Team Rachel's Laura O'Connor. Photo: Voice of Ireland.
Team Rachel's Laura O'Connor. Photo: Voice of Ireland.

A young Dubliner was left speechless after she became the first singer to get through this year's live Voice of Ireland shows.

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Finglas native Laura O'Connor said she was "in shock" after being picked by mentor Rachel Stevens to go straight through to the quarter-finals.

The 20-year-old impressed ex S Club 7 star Rachel with her rendition of One Last Time by Ariana Grande and was chosen from two other acts - who were sent packing.

"She obviously sees potential in me," Laura said following the result last night. "I don't know what to say, I am just in shock."

Laura was determined not to let the nerves get the better of her after crashing out of the competition two years ago.

Laura was mentored by Kian Egan in series three when she got as far as the live shows.

"I think I control my nerves a bit better and it feels like I have never left the Helix," Laura told the Herald.

But it was not all plain sailing as she suffered a hiccup before getting on stage last night.

"I kept going flat on my notes during rehearsals. It did make me panic, but Rachel just kept telling me to relax and I was fine."

The striking blonde turned heads on stage in a pair of black culottes and a pearl and diamond corset from the Dress Pantry.

Singer Lauren Lapsley-Browne
Singer Lauren Lapsley-Browne

Una Foden teamed her black Folkster skirt with a top from River Island, while Rachel turned heads in an off-the-shoulder Finders Keepers top and a gold skirt from Coast.

It was also a big night for another Dublin singer - Lauren Lapsley-Browne, who has been impressing on the BBC's Voice UK.

The 18-year-old Clondalkin native belted out her rendition of Release Me by Agnes in a bid to get through last night's knock-out stage.

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