THE DREAM’S over for Voice hopeful Olivia Lawson - but the Sunderland starlet’s vowed to keep singing.
Tonight saw the 18-year-old from Grindon lose her place after a hotly-fought contest in the knockout stage of the BBC show.
Though the teenager gave an upbeat rendition of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, coach Ricky Wilson chose not to take her through to the live shows.
The Grindon Hall Christian School pupil said: “Ricky spoke to me privately afterwards, which I was really happy about. He was so nice about it and said sorry.
“He said maybe if I’d been on his team since the start he would have had longer to work with me, and could have put me through to the live shows.
“The three who did get through definitely deserve a place, they are all amazing. Though I expected Claudia to get through as she’s so good, I think that’s a massive mistake.”
It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me, I don’t want it all to go away.Olivia Lawson
Olivia’s journey on the TV talent show began in January when three coaches, Rita Ora, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am, turned their chairs in the blind auditions in the hope of working with her after she wowed with a sweet version of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. The You Tube video of her performance alone has been viewed more than a million times.
The sixth form student went on to become Team Rita, under the guidance of the popstar whose hits include Hot Right Now and I Will Never Let You Down.
In the next heat, the battle round, she went head-to-head with fellow contestant Clark Carmody when they were given the tough task of singing Britney Spears’ Everytime.
Viewers thought Olivia had lost her place when Rita chose Clark, but Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky swooped in to ‘steal’ her.
Appearing on the show has been the biggest singing challenge so far for the teenager, and she says she’s loved every minute.
“I spoke to all the judges after the knockout stage and they gave me some great advice,” she said. “They said the problem wasn’t my singing, it was my confidence. They said that was something I need to go away and look at.
“It’s funny because my confidence has been really boosted by the support I’ve had on the show. So if it was filmed now, it might be a different outcome.”
She added: “It’s been the best thing that has ever happened to me and I don’t want it all to go away. I didn’t cry on camera, I waited until I got to my hotel room. But as long as you don’t make the live shows you can go back another year, so who knows.
“Now I’m going to concentrate on getting myself out there and seeing what happens. I’ve got the Miss Sunderland finals coming up, as well as charity gigs. I’ve even had modelling agencies contact me.
“I want to do as much as I can and keep people interested.”
On April 18, Olivia will compete in the Miss Sunderland finals at the Roker Hotel in the hope of flying the flag for her home city at Miss England.