A SINGER from the same Wakefield village as 2012 The Voice star Frances Wood was set to appear on the popular BBC One talent show tonight. (Jan 18)
Sophie May Williams, 17, of Wrenthorpe was keen to impress celebrity judges – including Ricky Wilson from Leeds band The Kaiser Chiefs – during blind auditions on tonight’s show.
Frances Wood, whose family home is just a few streets away from Sophie May in Wrenthorpe, made it through to the quarter-finals on The Voice two years ago.
Sophie May also attends Outwood Grange Academy, where Frances studied, and their younger sisters are friends
Sophie May, of The Orchard, Wrenthorpe, said: “It is strange how much me and Frances have in common, but I don’t really know her.
“We have different singing styles too. I just hope people in Wakefield will watch and support me.”
The show was pre-recorded, but Sophie May, who was supported on the day by mum Debbie and sister Laura, is sworn to secrecy about whether she made it to the next round.
She added: “It was really amazing. It was really daunting too 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 wanted to impress will-i-am the most as I think he is really quirky.”
Frances, now 20, made it through to the quarter finals as part of Will-i-am’s team.
The former Cathedral Academy of Performing Arts student still lives with her family on Barnes Avenue.
But Frances spends most of her time in London, where she is recording a new EP.
She said: “I will watch the show on Saturday and I will definitely follow her. My advice would be for her to enjoy herself.
“I am proud of my time on the show and it is a good memory and helped me so much.”
Frances appeared on the first series of The Voice in 2012.
Last November, Frances returned to Wakefield for her first major theatrical role – in John Godber’s hit play Teechers.
Godber, who hails from Upton near Pontefract, signed Frances up to play the role of sixth-former Gail in the hit show.
The production of Godber’s biting comedy opened at the Theatre Royal Wakefield, prior to a nationwide tour.
Sophie May Williams was due to appear on tonight’s edition of BBC One show The Voice at 7pm.