Steele by name and steely by nature – singer Jessica Steele has vowed to bounce back after suffering a second knockback on a TV talent show.
Jessica was devastated when celebrity judges failed to pick her during an audition for BBC One’s The Voice.
The 21-year-old told judges she was from Sheffield before singing her heart out to the Human League’s Don’t You Want Me in tribute to her home city, dressed in Sheffield Wednesday blue and white .
Her vocals seemed to impress Tom Jones, Jessie J, will.i.am and The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghu – yet none turned their chairs around.
Jessie J told Jessica: “I feel like you’re not ready” – and suggested she return for the next series.
For the Killamarsh children’s singing tutor it brought back painful memories of her rejection from the X Factor.
But since the show aired, she has been overwhelmed with messages of support and performance requests.
She has a celebrity fan in X Factor host Dermot O’Leary, who took to Twitter to say The Voice ‘should have put Jessica Steele through’.
The former Mount St Mary’s pupil will sing the national anthem at boxer Jamie McDonnell’s world title fight at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster next Saturday.
Jessica, who studied performing arts at Norton College, said: “I was dreading watching it back.
“It was recorded in December and I wasn’t allowed to tell people about it, but obviously I knew. My friends had a party for me, but I watched it with my mum first.
I did cry a little bit, but the feedback has been amazing since the show. There hasn’t been one negative comment.
“People said I was good but I know I can sing better. I’m going to work on things and go back next year.”