BBC’s The Voice UK battle rounds commence - will Sophie May Williams do it ?

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Teenage singer Sophie May Williams will battle it out on the BBC’s The Voice UK on Saturday.

The 17-year-old, who is in Team Will-i-am, will sing for survival in the battle round, where the coaches pit two of their acts against each other in a competitive duet.

Sophie will go up against 33-year-old Cherri Prince, from London.

The Outwood Grange Academy student said: “Cherri is so lovely. We wanted to do more of a duet and work together rather than shouting and battling above each other to be heard.

“We wanted it to be a good performance and it was so much fun to do. I really enjoyed working with Cherri - I adore her voice, it is gorgeous.”

In the show, each team is whittled down from 12 to seven.

Saturday’s episode has been pre-recorded but Sophie is sworn to secrecy about whether she gets through to the knockout stages, which will see the coaches choose three from their seven to take through to the live rounds.

She said: “It has been really hard not to say anything. Lots of people ask me if I am still in The Voice and I just can’t tell them anything.

“I can’t tell you what song we perform but Will chose it for us. It is really upbeat and not something I would usually sing and I don’t usually move around the stage so much. I am nervous about watching myself back on television because I am sure I look hilarious. But I am really excited as well.”

Sophie, from Wrenthorpe, said she first realised she could sing when she joined the school choir and the shy youngster took up singing lessons, where she found her true voice for the first time.

Sophie, whose idols are Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse, said: “The lessons exposed something in my voice that I never knew was there and increased my confidence because I used to be quite shy. My teacher made so much difference and I realised I loved singing.”

“I am really enjoying my time on The Voice - this is a chance of a lifetime to be able to really concentrate on my voice. Not just my singing but my songwriting too. I have met so many amazing people and I am working with top people in the industry.

“This is a dream come true - I really want to work in the industry as a career and that is why I am putting so much into it at the minute. I have so many more gigs since I appeared on the Voice. It is fantastic. It is all about exposure and getting my name known a bit more.”

Visit to see if Sophie gets through on Saturday night.