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Ulster woman through to the next stage of The Voice

By Rebecca Black

Published 21/02/2016

Colleen Gormley will now be mentored by in her battle for the title

Talented teacher Colleen Gormley (28) from Claudy could be set for stardom after snatching the final place in this year's The Voice.

She was the very last to perform on the BBC talent show and has revealed she kept calm and collected backstage by praying with her Holy medals.

Colleen went on to wow the judges with her rendition of the Ronan Keating hit "When You Say Nothing At All".

But kept on her 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 the Sunday Life that her strong religious faith kept her calm, even after a mishap back stage.

"In the green room beforehand I was petrified and I was shaking. The as I was going up the stairs onto 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 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 County Derry gets picked by

"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 mentored Newtownabbey teenager Leah McFall when she appeared on the show.


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