Killamarsh singer to appear on The Voice

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A singer’s steely determination to succeed has landed her a second shot at BBC talent show The Voice.

Jessica Steele, aged 22, will appear on the show this Saturday, where she has to put her voice to the test in front of stars Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson.

Jessica Steele

Jessica Steele

In the show singers perform blind auditions to the backs of four judges, hoping their vocals will impress the panel enough for them to turn around and put them through to the next heat.

Jessica, from Killamarsh, will perform She Said by Plan B - but is unable to reveal whether she gets through this time.

She entered the show last year and was left devastated when she failed to get past the audition stage after singing her version of Don’t You Want Me by Sheffield’s Human League.

Jessica, who studied performing arts at Norton College and now works as a children’s singing coach in schools, said: “I was absolutely gutted last time. I had not thought about the judges not turning round.

“I was just so excited about being on the show and was dreaming of them turning round.

“This time I prepared myself for no-one turning round!”

Jessica, who also acts and wants to be a performer, said: “I have a note from when I was at nursery when I was four and even though I was really, really shy and would hardly speak to anyone it says that ‘in group singing, Jessica always asks to sing on her own’! So I have always loved singing.”

She said she took the advice of last year’s judges, who said they felt she was ‘not ready’ then and encouraged her to try again.

“It gave me the fight and determination to go back,” she said.

In addition to teaching, giving singing lessons and performing gigs, Jessica runs singing boot camps during school holidays.