SUNDERLAND songbird Olivia Lawson will be battling it out on The Voice this weekend.
The 17-year-old from Grindon has already wowed coaches in the initial blind audition stages of the BBC show, and was snapped up by coach Rita Ora.
I applied for The Voice because I really look up to the coaches and they are all artists themselves, which you don’t get with shows like the X Factor.Olivia Lawson
Now she’s back for the next stage, the battle round, which will see her sing against fellow contestant Clark Carmody in a bid to make it to the next round.
The Grindon Hall Sixth Form student said: “It was so scary doing the battle rounds. Last time it was just me, but this time I was being judged against someone else.
“Clark was someone I didn’t want to go against because he’s so amazing.
“We had to sing Everytime by Britney Spears, which Rita sang to us to prepare us.”
Following the vocal showdown, pop star Rita will decide which of the two will be sent to the knockout stage, and who will be sent home.
Even if Olivia isn’t selected by Rita to go through, one of the other coaches – Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am – could steal her.
Sunderland has thrown its support behind the teenager who first appeared on the show last month, wowing the coaches with her rendition of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.
The talented teenager, who works part-time at Kitui salon in Barnes, said: “I never imagined I would get this far. I applied for The Voice because I really look up to the coaches and they are all artists themselves, which you don’t get with shows like the X Factor.
“This is all so unexpected, but this has really given me confidence with my singing.”
She added: “The support has been overwhelming, from all over the country. People have been so lovely, they’ve set up fan pages and I’ve even had marriage proposals. There has been some negativity, but I’m just focusing on the good comments.”
If Olivia 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.
• Tune in to see how Olivia gets on in The Voice on BBC 1 on Saturday at 7.15pm.