Jessica shows real city steel

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Jessica Steele showed her mettle when she got through to the next round of a TV singing contest – one year after her first bid for fame failed.

The 22-year-old, from Killamarsh, won over judges on The Voice with her rendition of She Said by Plan B on Saturday night.

Pop star Kylie Minogue, producer Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and legend Sir Tom Jones all turned their chairs round for Jessica during her blind audition, just 12 months after last year’s panel failed to put her through to the next round.

Jessica, a children’s singing coach, said she was determined to return to the show this year and succeed.

“I was really worried because I knew what to expect this year and knew it could all happen again.

“I was absolutely gutted last time but this time I prepared myself for nobody turning round - and they all did,” she said.

After ending last year’s show in tears of disappointment, Jessica ended Saturday’s show shedding tears of joy as all four judges fought for her to join their team in the next round of the BBC One talent contest.

She said she entered the show hoping Will.i.am or Ricky would want her and was delighted when they both turned round.

“Last year I had my heart set on Will,” she said.

“But this year because Ricky is from Yorkshire I thought we would have a connection and I really wanted Ricky to say something but Will fought fore me more,” she said.

“Will is the coolest man on earth – I love his personality and I just thought we would get on because we are both out there.”

Jessica, who studied performing arts at Norton College and now works as a children’s singing coach in schools, said: “I would like to be known over the world as a recording artist but I really like to act as well.

“I would like to be a known performer and a role model.”