North Derbyshire singer Jessica Steele has been stolen – but it is all part of a popular television talent show.
The 22-year-old was seen fighting for survival on The BBC’s The Voice on Saturday, after impressing judges in her blind audition in the first round of the show.
She had to go into battle with harpist Anna McLuckie, with both acts sharing the stage and trying to out-perform each other in the hope of winning the continued support of their mentor, famous producer Will.i.am.
But when Will opted to save Anna, leaving Jessica at risk of bowing out of the show for the second year running, she said she was devastated and feared the worst – until judge Ricky Wilson stepped forward to ‘steal’ her for his team.
Jessica, from Killamarsh, said she was ‘so happy’ to get a ‘second chance’.
And Will, who let Jess go, admitted the battle with Anna had been ‘spectacular’.
Praising his new team member, Ricky, lead singer with the Kaiser Chiefs, said: “I thought Jess was perfect. What I love is her determination – she is so fierce.”
Jessica said: “When Will chose Anna for his team my heart sank – it was the worst moment of my life.
“I was inconsolable, I had no idea what I was going to say to try to persuade the other judges to steal me for their team and I was just about to open my mouth to start begging when Ricky pressed his buzzer to steal me – I was so happy.
“I ran over to him and leapt on him because I was so happy and he came to meet my family back stage.”
Jessica, who works as a children’s singing coach, said she is pleased to be in Ricky’s team and is looking forward to the next round of the TV talent show.
She said: “Ricky is such a nice guy and makes you feel he really cares about you.
“In the blind audition it was always between him and Will as to who I would chose, but on the day Will was more forceful in persuading me to join his team.”