Singer Sophie May Williams has won through to the next round of The Voice UK.
The 17-year-old from Wrenthorpe sang for the judges vote during the blind auditions on tonight’s BBC One show.
And her acoustic version of Cyndi Lauper’s classic Time After Time was enough to impress judge Will-i-am. The Black Eyed Peas star 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.
She is following in the steps of fellow city singer and Outwood Grange Academy student Frances Wood, who also lives just around the corner from her in the same village.
Frances, now 20, of Barnes Avenue, was also chosen by Will-i-am and made it to the quarter finals of the show as part of his team two years ago.
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.”
Tonight’s result means Sophie May will be one of 12 contestants on Team Will ready to compete in The Battle rounds.