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Colleen in with prayer after grabbing spot on The Voice

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/02/2016

Colleen Gormley
Colleen Gormley
Colleen Gormley performing on the show

A Northern Ireland woman has moved a step closer to stardom after winning a place on The Voice.

Talented teacher Colleen Gormley snatched the final spot in this year's edition of the BBC show.

The 28-year-old from Claudy was the last to perform in the blind auditions.

She revealed she kept calm and collected backstage by praying with her Holy medals.

Colleen went on to wow the judges with her rendition of When You Say Nothing At All, a hit for both Alison Krauss and Ronan Keating

But will.i.am kept her on tenterhooks, waiting until the very last second of her performance before he pressed the button and the infamous red chair swung around.

She took the final spot for the Battles round, which is due to start next weekend. Colleen told Sunday Life that her strong religious faith kept her calm, even after a mishap backstage.

"In the green room beforehand I was petrified and I was shaking. Then, as I was going up the stairs on to the stage, I fell over in my high heels," she said.

"But when it came to actually singing, I wasn't half as nervous as I thought I was going to be.

"A real sense of calm came over me. My faith is a big part of who I am and I prayed going on and I was wearing holy medals of Padre Pio and Saint Anthony that my mother Diana had given me.

"When will.i.am turned around it was one of those 'pinch me, did this really happen?' moments.

"It is not every day that somebody ordinary like me from Co Derry gets picked by will.i.am.

"It was a real honour to be picked by him and to realise that, well, maybe I am good enough, because you are dealing with your own self-doubts when you sing."

Colleen graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with a degree in music education. She moved to Farnham in Surrey with her husband Tony three years ago.

She currently works as a teacher at a private prep school in the area and sings in her local church.

In 2013 will.i.am mentored Newtownabbey teenager Leah McFall when she appeared on the show.

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