Bradford singer Georgia Harrup is celebrating after making it through the knockout round in BBC’s The Voice.
Georgia, who grew up in the city and works as a customer care adviser for Provident Financial, secured her place in the live stage of the show after singing Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds – a favourite song of hers and fiance Craig Williams.
Craig is currently busy planning the couple’s nuptials in nine weeks while she battles it out in the competition as part of Team Tom with her mentor Sir Tom Jones.
Georgia, 27, understood to be a distant cousin of the singing sensation Adele, started singing when she was four.
“I just love music and my dad was always playing music so I grew up around it,” she said.
Her repertoire is soul, motown and blues, and her idols are the late Ray Charles, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin.
Georgia, who now lives in Huddersfield, says people kept telling her she should apply for the show, but it was her fiance’s encouragement that finally persuaded her.
She said: “After the last series I said shall I just go for it? He was really encouraging and said yes, definitely.
“I went for it to see how far it would go, see what would happen. I didn’t pin anything on it, I thought I’d just try it, then I got to this stage.
“It has been an amazing experience. I have always taken one step at a time, one stage of the competition at a time. It makes me feel so amazing to know I am doing something right. I feel really blessed.”
Sir Tom had to make a decision about which three of his seven contestants he should champion for the live rounds of the competition on Saturday night’s show.
Alongside Georgia, he chose Bizzi Dixon, 43, and Sally Barker, 54, both from Leicester, to make up his final three to take forward to the quarter-finals.
Georgia will now sing as one of the final 12 acts remaining in the competition in the first live show on BBC1 this Saturday.
Meanwhile, Kylie Minogue has told how teenage wannabe Rachael O'Connor – one of her hopefuls on The Voice – has reminded her of her own pop dreams as a youth.
The coach on the BBC1 show said watching the contestant who has impressed panellists and viewers made her recall her own music obsession – and how she used to sing into a hairbrush.
Kylie, who joined the show for the third series, pointed out that she lacked the outlet to sing at her age, and was busy with her TV career.