Wednesday 28 September 2016

X Factor reject Lydia Lucy 'overwhelmed' at reaching The Voice live shows

Published 20/03/2016 | 00:06

Lydia Lucy impressed the judges on The Voice
Lydia Lucy impressed the judges on The Voice

The X Factor reject Lydia Lucy has said she is "overwhelmed" at being chosen for The Voice's live shows by coach will.i.am.

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The Essex singer was one of 16 acts who performed for the all-star panel of Paloma Faith, Boy George, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am on Sunday night's knock-out stage.

Lucy wowed the American with her fiery rendition of I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift.

The 22-year-old switched between singing and rapping as she showcased her vocal skills.

"Who amazed me, who I think should be out right now with records and videos and touring is the person I'm putting through - Lydia!" will.i.am stated.

When he announced her name, a clearly moved Lucy placed her head in her hands.

"I can't believe it. Honestly, I'm overwhelmed," she told presenter Marvin Humes. "Everyone is so amazing - I'm so thankful. Thank you, Will. Thank you!" she cried.

Lucy previously attempted to find music stardom on Simon Cowell's The X Factor.

She took part in the 2013 series when the ITV hit premiered Bootcamp elimination process, the six chair challenge.

One of the first victims of the twist on musical chairs, Lucy lost her seat and missed out on a place in the Judges' Houses round.

As the final instalment of the knock-outs got under way, will.i.am admitted: "I hate this part of the show because some amazing singers are going to go home."

The four coaches were tasked with cutting their individual teams down from eight acts to just three.

With a place in the live shows at stake, each singer had to impress with their own choice of song.

After hearing Lauren Lapsley-Browne's take on Release Me by Agnes, will.i.am also selected the Irish singer.

The elated 18-year-old told Humes: "When Will believes in me, I can believe in myself."

Rapper and beatboxer Lyrickal, who performed Professor Green's Read All About It, completed will.i.am's team.

The 46-year-old promised "a few more surprises" for the live shows. "Me and Will, we're going to talk," he said.

Earlier in the show, Southampton's Harry Fisher, 19, progressed from the knock-outs after tackling Adele's smash hit Hello.

Boy George admitted to feeling some trepidation about the song choice.

"When I first heard the song this person was going to sing, I was like, 'Oh no!' ... I was worried that it would be karaoke. I was really freaked out."

But teenager Fisher, he said, "nailed it".

Londoner Vangelis made it to the live shows despite Boy George's opinion that he needs to "work on connecting".

The relieved 24-year-old said: "I can't believe that. I really can't. I thought I was going home."

Cody Frost's evocative version of Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd was one of the standout performances, the coaches agreed.

"We're all looking for someone who can be a real artist, that can develop and grow and become something unique," Boy George stated.

"I've definitely found it in this person."

Asked how it felt to be working with the Culture Club star, the 17-year-old told co-host Emma Willis, "amazing".

"It's so cool - he's just helped me so much."

Looking ahead, The Black Eyed Peas' founding member said: "Team Will is ready to go live with two lovely ladies and one lad. That is three freakin' Ls, and we will not take an L because we will not lose!"

Boy George also expressed happiness with his team choices. "I've got three great singers," he said.

:: The Voice continues next week.

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