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BBC The Voice -Sophie May Williams must listen to Will-i-am’s advice says Frances Wood

Pupilsand staff from Outwood Grange Academy withThe Voice contestant Sophie May Williams who is a student at the school and is now part of Will-i-am's team on the show.

Pupilsand staff from Outwood Grange Academy withThe Voice contestant Sophie May Williams who is a student at the school and is now part of Will-i-am's team on the show.

Friends and family of teenage singer Sophie May Williams are backing her to go one step farther than her neighbour and win The Voice UK.

The 17-year-old from Wrenthorpe is through to the next round of the BBC One show after securing a spot during the blind auditions on Saturday.

Her acoustic version of Cyndi Lauper’s classic Time After Time was enough to impress judge Will-i-am, who was the only coach to spin his chair around and send her through to the next stage.

Sophie May only lives a few streets away from Frances Wood, who made it through to the quarter finals of the talent show two years, with Will-i-am as her coach.

The two girls also studied at Outwood Grange Academy, where fellow sixth-form students are calling on the city to support Sophie May in the competition.

She is currently the bookies’ favourite to win and has received support via social media from people all over the world.

Sophie May, of The Orchard, said: “It is amazing to get through. I feel really lucky. I wanted to impress Will-i-am the most as I think he is really quirky.

“I have a lot of respect for him and he is funny and intelligent, which I like.

“It was really daunting to be on the show 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 hope people in Wakefield will watch and support me.”

Black Eyed Peas rapper Will-i-am left it until the last moments of the song to push his button, resulting in his chair spinning around, meaning Sophie May had passed her audition and is through to the next round.

During her pre-recorded television appearance, she told the judges how she enjoyed jazz and wearing vintage clothing.

Outwood Grange Academy executive principal Julie Slater said: “We are really proud of Sophie’s achievements so far on The Voice and we are delighted that she can showcase her talents on a national stage.

“She is an ambassador for the academy and a positive role model to young people as she demonstrates juggling her academic studies with filming.

“The whole community is getting behind her and we are excited to see how far she will get in the competition.”

Frances, now 20, of Barnes Avenue, is recording a new EP, which is due to be released by May.

Talking about the coincidences she and Sophie May have in common, she said: “It’s so ironic. I think Will-i-am must secretly have a soft spot for us Wakefield lot.

“Well, knowing how much me and Sophie already have in common, I couldn’t believe it when Will turned around. It was such a funny coincidence.”

She added: “It’s really nerve-wracking when you’re up there and I thought Sophie did really well to hide those nerves and focus on her performance.

“All I can really say for advice is to make sure she enjoys herself, to give every performance like it’s her last and take in all the top advise and knowledge that Will shares with her.”

Sophie May will be one of 12 contestants on Team Will ready to compete in The Battle rounds ahead of the public vote.

 

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