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Ulster teen Rachael in The Voice's next stage

BY MAUREEN COLEMAN

THE Voice hopeful Rachael O'Connor would love to see a repeat of last year's final, when two Northern Irish girls went head to head on the talent show.

On Saturday the 17-year-old booked a place in the Knock-Out Round of the competition, a week after Belfast's Jai McConnell.

Last year, Newtownabbey girl Leah McFall lost in the final to Pomeroy's Andrea Begley.

Rachael reckons history could repeat itself this year.

Speaking after her Battle Round, the Co Londonderry girl, the bookie's favourite to win, said: "There's a possibility that we could see two Northern Irish girls in the final again.

"It would be amazing if that happened. I'd love to see both me and Jai going all the way."

Rachael edged a step closer to the ultimate showdown following an emotional Battle Round, which saw her pitted against fellow teen Amelia O'Connell.

The girls, both mentored by Kylie Minogue, were given the track Holy Grail by Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake, to sing.

Mentor Kylie said she wished she could take them both through to the Knock-Outs, but she opted to save Rachael.

The Limavady Grammar School pupil said: "I didn't know the song at all and Amelia did, which made it even more nerve-wracking.

"I haven't a clue how to rap but in the end it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

"I actually loved our version of it. I thought our harmonies worked well together and I think it was a bit different from what everyone was expecting."

Next week the 28 remaining Voice contestants will compete in the Knock-Out Round of the contest ahead of the live shows.

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