SUNDERLAND starlet Olivia Lawson will be singing for stardom on Saturday night as she bids to win hit BBC show The Voice UK.
The 17-year-old will be out to impress judges Will I.Am, Sir Tom Jones, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson when she performs her version of Nirvana’s indie classic Smells Like Teen Spirit – and hopefully get them to turn around on their chairs in appreciation.
And the talented teen, who has previously performed at London’s O2 Arena in the grand final of the Teen Star singing competition, says the nerve-wracking audition will be the biggest moment of her life as she strives to win the lucrative recording contract on offer to the winner.
Olivia, of Grindon, said: “I’ve done a lot of performing but nothing as big as this before. Singing in front of four celebrity judges sat with their backs to you is quite terrifying!
“It’s amazing to be on the show. I cannot see myself doing anything different than being a recording artist one day, it’s what I’ve have always wanted to be. That’s my dream.
“I love writing my own songs and I’m working on my confidence and performance all the time.”
Olivia, who is studying A-levels in music, English literature and psychology at Grindon Hall sixth form, will have no shortage of support on her big night in London, with mum Nicola, dad Peter, who is head of primary at Grindon Hall, 15-year-old sister Annabelle, grandparents Linda and Daniel Riddell and friends Sarah and Jan Stevens all following her to the capital.
And back on Wearside, she’ll also have the support of her fellow students plus staff at Sunderland Royal Hospital, where she works part-time as an admin assistant, and Kitui Hair Design.
Olivia added: “I chose the Nirvana track because I like to take big songs and really change them.
“I make it different and I like when people are not quite certain of what is coming.”
To see how Olivia gets on, tune in to The Voice on BBC One at 7pm on Saturday.