WHEN The Voice star Frances Wood sings for survival on the BBC One show tomorrow night, she can draw confidence from her time touring city pubs and clubs.
Frances, 18, of Wrenthorpe, will perform live in front of millions on national television to secure votes to keep her in the competition.
She will be one of four competitors from team Will.i.am to take to the stage and the coach will only be sending two through to the final shows.
But Frances, who has shrugged off a sore throat this week, told the Express that her time in Wakefield has prepared her for her big break.
She said: “This weekend there will be more pressure as it is double elimination so I will need double the votes.
“For the past two years I have been song writing, busking, gigging and uploading songs on to Youtube.
“And it was more difficult to go and sing in pubs where crowds didn’t want me there than it is singing on TV.
“I have prepared myself with the worse crowds, so to get people cheering me and shouting my name has been brilliant.
“I have just been really enjoying it as I don’t know how long it is going to last.
“I am going to need everyone who picked up the phone and voted last time to do it again and those who didn’t to please vote this time.”
The former Outwood Grange pupil described tomorrow’s song as a “dance anthem” and will be watched in the audience by proud parents Rob and Donna Wood and 14-year-old sister Alex.
She will also sing a group number with fellow team members and Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.i.am.
The show will also include performances from a team coached by Sir Tom Jones and he too will be sending through two to the final shows.
And if Frances makes it through to the final eight, she will get to go on The Voice live tour.
See The Guide on p39 for more details.
The BBC1 show starts at 6.10pm tomorrow. The results show is at 7.25pm on Sunday.