Olivia Lawson watches her performance on The Voice from the pub + see her dramatic battle here

Sunderland singer Olivia Lawson watched this week's instalment of The Voice in the Chesters pub with family and friends, who all cheered when she got through to next week's show. Olivia (front, centre) celebrates with (from left) her grandmother Linda Riddell, her dad Peter, her sister Annabelle, her other grandmother Lillian Lawson and mam Nicola.
Sunderland singer Olivia Lawson watched this week's instalment of The Voice in the Chesters pub with family and friends, who all cheered when she got through to next week's show. Olivia (front, centre) celebrates with (from left) her grandmother Linda Riddell, her dad Peter, her sister Annabelle, her other grandmother Lillian Lawson and mam Nicola.
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MILLIONS tuned in to see Sunderland’s Olivia Lawson steal the show on The Voice.

The Grindon teenager went head-to-head with Clark Carmody in the battle rounds of the BBC show on Saturday night.

It was a hotly-fought contest as the pair belted out Britney Spears’ Everytime in the hope of being selected for the next stage by star coach Rita Ora.

Viewers thought Olivia, 17, had lost her place when Rita picked Clark.

But Ricky Wilson saved her by making her one of his “steals”, meaning she will now be coached by the Kaiser Chiefs frontman.

Earlier in the series, the Grindon Hall Christian School pupil had impressed Ricky, Rita and will.i.am – who had all turned their chairs around in the blind audition stage in the hope of working with her.

Olivia, who watched the show with friends and family at The Chesters pub, in Chester Road, said: “This year, each coach has been given two steals and after three of them turned for me in the first round, I was hoping one might steal me if Rita didn’t pick me.

“It was such a blur when we filmed it. Ricky steals me and I didn’t even realise until Marvin (the show’s co-host) came over and picked me up.”

The talented teenager, who juggles singing with her sixth form studies, will now compete in the next round, the knockout stages.

She said: “Ricky said me and Clark were his favourites in the blind auditions, so he was looking forward to our battle. He said it was his intention to save whoever Rita didn’t choose.

Sunderland singer Olivia Lawson watched this week's instalment of The Voice in the Chesters pub with family and friends, who all cheered when she got through to next week's show.

Sunderland singer Olivia Lawson watched this week's instalment of The Voice in the Chesters pub with family and friends, who all cheered when she got through to next week's show.

“It was scary going up against Clark because he’s so amazing, but I’m glad we both got through.”

Olivia has built a firm following since first appearing on the show singing a haunting rendition of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Online fan pages have been set up in her honour – and she’s even had a couple of marriage proposals.

“It’s overwhelming, people have been so nice,” she said.

It’s overwhelming, people have been so nice

Olivia Lawson

Olivia has been singing for around two years, but appearing on The Voice, in front of so many people, has been her greatest challenge yet.

If she makes it through to the final stage of the contest, the live shows, she’s in with a chance of scooping a lucrative recording contract with Universal Music.

Sunderland singer Olivia Lawson watched this week's instalment of The Voice in the Chesters pub with family and friends, who all cheered when she got through to next week's show. Olivia (front, centre) her parrents Peter, and Nicola.

Sunderland singer Olivia Lawson watched this week's instalment of The Voice in the Chesters pub with family and friends, who all cheered when she got through to next week's show. Olivia (front, centre) her parrents Peter, and Nicola.