MILLIONS tuned in to see Sunderland’s Olivia Lawson steal the show in tonight’s The Voice.
The Grindon teenager went head-to-head with Clark Carmody in the battle rounds of the BBC show.
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, 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.
“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.
Olivia has been singing for around two years, but appearing on The Voice has been her greatest challenge yet.
It was scary going up against Clark because he’s so amazing, but I’m glad we both got through.Olivia Lawson
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.