'I'd love to win it for Dublin', says Laura as she makes final of Voice of Ireland
Dublin singer Laura O'Connor was overwhelmed with emotion after being voted through to the final of the Voice of Ireland last night.
Such was her shock the Finglas native (20) tried to run off the stage after presenter Kathryn Thomas announced that she had made it through to next week's final.
The blonde singer was called back by Kathryn and looked on in disbelief as she was embraced by her mentor, Rachel Stevens (right).
Laura, who was wearing a gold sequined mini-dress from The Dress Pantry, will sing for the Voice of Ireland title next week after impressing with her version of Emile Sande's Wonder.
"I'm so shocked but absolutely thrilled and would love to win it for Dublin," said Laura, who works part-time in a perfume shop in Jervis Shopping Centre.
"I remember when I first auditioned, I said I would be happy to even make the blind auditions - so to get this far is amazing" Laura told the Herald.
"Rachel has been a great mentor to me. She has just been telling me to smile more and to really go for it."
Laura was cheered on at the Helix last night by a host of her friends and family, including her mum, little sister, and close pal Gavin.
The Dubliner said that she wants to continue with her music career once the show comes to an end next week.
"I really hope that something happens after the show and I am going to work really hard at it. I want to focus on singing as a career, so I am going to stick at it," she said.
The pretty blonde said that her local community in Finglas had been "really supportive".
"All of the shops in my area have my poster up and people are constantly stopping me to wish me luck, especially on my road," she added.
Laura will battle it out with three others next week - Nigel Connell, Kelesa Mulcahy and Michael Lawson - as they compete to win a recording contract with Universal Ireland.
Meanwhile, Laura's mentor, former S Club 7 star Rachel, has revealed that she would love to join the UK version of The Voice. The British show, which stars Will.i.am, is moving to ITV next year.
"I would definitely be up for doing the UK version," Stevens said.