VOICE hopeful Olivia Lawson will hit our TV screens again this weekend.
The Sunderland teenager returns in the BBC show The Voice to compete in the knockout round as she fights for a place in the live shows.
Olivia will battle it out with seven other contestants as her coach Ricky Wilson chooses his best three acts to continue in the show.
The Grindon Hall Christian School pupil has built up a firm following on Wearside after she impressed with renditions of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit and Britney Spears’ Everytime in the first two stages of the show.
Sunday’s episode will see her perform Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game in a chance to impress Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky.
“I got to choose my own song for this one, but I do a more upbeat version. I haven’t really done an upbeat song before on the show, so it gives people a chance to see a different side to me,” she said.
“This round’s really scary because everyone watches you singing on stage, so the pressure’s on.
“After rehearsals I was terrified because everyone is so good.”
Olivia, from Grindon, who turned 18 at the weekend, said: “The support from Sunderland and around the country has been amazing. I celebrated my birthday on Saturday. It was amazing, I went for dinner and had my first cocktail with my mam.
“Then I went into town with my friends and everyone was recognising me, it was mad. They were all lovely and wishing me luck. I made sure I didn’t get too drunk though!”
This round’s really scary because everyone watches you singing on stage, so the pressure’s onOlivia Lawson
She added: “I wish the show was being shown on Saturday as I’ve been watching the show at The Chesters pub previously which has been such good fun. But as it’s on Sunday, it’s a school night, so I’ll watch it at home.”
Olivia hopes her appearance on The Voice will act as a platform for a future singing career and if she makes it through to the final stage of the contest, the live shows, she’s in with a chance of scooping a recording contract with Universal Music.
Closer to home, it’s been announced that Olivia will be making a special guest appearance at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, in Newcastle, as part of the TeenStar Finals on April 11.
The following Saturday, she will be battling it out for the title of Miss Sunderland at a glittering final at the Best Western Roker Hotel.
•Tune in to see Olivia in The Voice on BBC 1 on Sunday at 7.45pm.