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Northern Ireland singer Colleen Gormley prepares for battle on Voice by giving it some Wham!

By Cate McCurry

Published 03/03/2016

Singer-songwriter Colleen Gormley
Singer-songwriter Colleen Gormley
Colleen battles it out with her teammate Tom

Singer-songwriter Colleen Gormley is to battle it out on the stage to secure her spot on The Voice live shows.

The talented singer from Claudy goes head-to-head with her Will.I.Am team-mate Tom Rickels after she snapped up the final place in this year's BBC talent show.

Colleen impressed the judges with her rendition of When You Say Nothing At All.

Now, with the Battles round due to be shown this Saturday, Colleen revealed that the Wham! song selected by the show-makers threw her a bit.

With just hours to prepare for a song she was unaware of, the teacher, who is based outside London, said she had no time for nerves.

"Again, I had no control over this song as it's designed to take you out of your comfort zone," she said.

"But let's say it took me to the opposite end of the Richter scale - they gave me a Wham! song that I had never heard of.

"I was up against Tom Rickels and I did my best with what I had and I went on with the attitude that if it's meant to be it will be, as God has a plan for me.

"On the day of the Battles (recording) we were the first couple to go on to the stage, but we got on really well together and enjoyed the whole performance."

Days before the pre-recorded Battles round, Colleen and the rest of the Will.I.Am team spent a night partying with the American singer in a VIP nightclub.

The 28-year-old said it was a "surreal night" that she may never experience again.

She added: "We were taken to a basement celebrity club which is something like I have never experienced before. The interior was incredible and we were escorted down the stairs and Will.I.Am was there and we all had a class night.

"I chatted away to him, it was very surreal and it was a good way of getting to know the rest of the team, but to be honest we didn't get to see a lot of him other than that, but it's been an amazing time."

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

She currently works as a teacher at a private prep school and sings in her local church. Her parents flew over to watch her debut performance a few weeks ago.

"Mum was as nervous as me, but they were very proud so it was lovely to see their reaction," she said.

"I have loved the support from home and it's so good and encouraging and that's probably been the highlight of it all."

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