A teenage musician will swap the city’s pubs and clubs for an audition with some of the biggest names in pop music when she appears on BBC One’s The Voice.
Sophie May Williams, of Wrenthorpe, will sing for the judges’ vote during the blind auditions of the Saturday night talent show.
And most of all she wants to impress rapper Will-i-am, just like fellow singer Frances Wood, who was a contestant on the show two years ago and lives just around the corner in the same village.
Sophie May also attends Outwood Grange Academy, where Frances studied, and their younger sisters are friends.
But that won’t count for anything when she sings for judges Will-i-am, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson.
The judges sit in chairs facing away from the stage and will only turn around if they like what they hear.
Sophie May, of The Orchard, said: “It is strange how much me and Frances have in common, but I don’t really know her. We have different singing styles too. I just hope people in Wakefield will watch and support me.”
The show was pre-recorded, but Sophie May, who was supported on the day by mum Debbie and sister Laura, is sworn to secrecy about whether she made it to the next round.
She added: “It was really amazing. It was really daunting too as all you can see is the back of four chairs. I forgot that I was relying on someone turning around and I just enjoyed it. It went so quick.
“I wanted to impress Will-i-am the most as I think he is really quirky.”
Frances, now 20, made it through to the quarter finals as part of Will-i-am’s team.
The former Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts student still lives with her family on Barnes Avenue, but spends most of her time in London, where she is recording a new EP.
She said: “I will watch the show on Saturday and I will definitely follow her. My advice would be for her to enjoy herself. I am proud of my time on the show and it is a good memory and helped me so much.”