NI hopes for The Voice

Published Monday, 03 February 2014
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There are high hopes for Northern Ireland talent on the current series of The Voice after two home grown contestants made it through to the next round of the competition this weekend.

NI hopes for The Voice
Rachael O'Connor is now on Team Kylie Minogue. (© UTV)

Rachael O'Connor, 16, and 24-year-old Jai McConnell were both selected by coach Kylie Minogue to be on her team, following their blind auditions during Saturday's show.

All four judges campaigned to mentor Belfast mum-of-one Jai, but she picked the Australian pop princess following her unique rendition of Never Forget You by the Noisettes.

Meanwhile Minogue, Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson all bid to have Limavady schoolgirl Rachael join their team, with only U.S star will.i.am not turning round for the young singer.

Her performance of Emelie Sande's Clown caused great excitement among the panel and even had Kylie dancing around her chair.

"It's amazing to say I made Kylie Minogue dance around a chair," Rachael told UTV.

"I can't describe how amazing it feels.

"Before I went on I was so, so nervous and then I just had to talk myself into it.

"And when I was handed the microphone all the nerves went away and it was just time to sing."

Both Rachael and Jai will now go through to the live shows as part of team Kylie with hopes of making it two years in a row for a Northern Ireland champion.

Last year Co Tyrone singer Andrea Begley was crowned the winner of the BBC talent show, with fellow NI contestant Leah McFall taking second place.

© UTV News
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