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Sophie Griffin vows her Voice will not fall silent

By Maureen Coleman

Tyrone teenager Sophie Griffin has told of her plans to remain in London to pursue her music career following her exit from The Voice.

The 17-year-old, who was voted out on Sunday night by her mentor will.i.am, said she would not be returning to the village of Ardboe, where she grew up, as she felt it would be a “stupid” move.

And she said she was hopeful about the future, after her rapper/ producer mentor promised to keep in touch.

Sophie found herself in the bottom two acts on the television talent show on Sunday night with Joelle Moses after the public failed to put her through, despite a strong performance of the David Guetta hit Titanium and positive comments from the coaching panel.

It was down to her mentor then to choose which girl to keep, and will.i.am decided to send the teenager home.

Sophie said she had been “gutted” by the decision but described her time on The Voice as “the best experience” of her life.

“I'm still feeling pretty low about it all,” she admitted, “but I understand that someone had to go. It's just that I had such an amazing experience, the best in my life, and didn't want to go home.

“I absolutely love will.i.am and feel honoured to have worked with him. “He said such nice things about me and has promised to stay in touch.

“That is why artists do shows like these, to make the right contacts and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I am determined to make it in the music industry.

“My aunt lives in London, so I'm going to stay here and make a go of things.”

And the young singer tipped Tyler James, close friend of the late Amy Winehouse, as the one to beat.

“He is amazing,” she said.

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Sophie Griffin first wowed judges on The Voice with an impressive version of Estelle’s American Boy during her audition.

Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am took a shine to the 17-year-old from Ardboe, offering her a place on his team in the television talent show. She battled through the next stage of the contest — which saw singers going head-to-head — winning a place in Saturday’s first live show. Sophie says she has never had a singing lesson but goes busking. She is inspired by Beyonce.

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