SINGER Nadine McGhee says she feels ‘overwhelmed’ after storming through to the live shows of ITV’s talent show The Voice.

The 19-year-old call centre worker, who attended Sir Thomas Boteler High School, competed in the battle rounds against the daughter of model-turned-actress Linda Lusardi and actor Sam Kane last weekend.

Competitor Lucy Kane hailed Nadine ‘brilliant’ before they went head to head as a duet performing Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper as part of Team Tom Jones.

Before choosing Nadine as one of his final seven singers, Tom told the girls: “You were a little nervous, the both of you, but that’s understandable because it’s a big show and a big night.

“Nadine has just got this very honest, beautiful tone and a lot of passion in the way you sing.

“Whichever way I go I just want you to know you did a wonderful job and that’s the truth.”

Nadine, from Runcorn, said: “To be honest I didn’t think it was going to happen. I’m a bit overwhelmed.

“I was really nervous.”

Guitarist Nadine, who has been singing in pubs and clubs since she was 14, is still getting used to being spotted in the street.

“When I go shopping or to McDonald’s people look at me and recognise me,” she said.

“Getting support from people who don’t know me is amazing.”

Tom Jones hailed Nadine ‘a soaring songbird’ after she performed an emotional rendition of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down in the blind auditions.

The singer is now rehearsing for the knockout stage tonight, Sunday, which will be televised live for the first time.

“I am terrified,” she said. “It is the opportunity of a lifetime, a dream come true.

“Tom is the mentor I wanted. He has already helped me a lot and introduced me to new songs.

“We are working up to the live shows now. I am scared. I just need to get one the three places on his team.”

The top prize, a record contract with music giants Polydor Records could transform her life.

“I’m not going to lie, I’m not thinking that far ahead but it means the world to me.”

Tune in to ITV tonight at 7.45pm.


SINGING starlet Nadine McGhee has progressed to the final stage of TV talent show The Voice after being saved by mentor Sir Tom Jones.

The 19-year-old from Windmill Hill, Runcorn, impressed all four judges with her moving rendition of Secret Love Song by Little Mix in the live knockout stage of the competition on Sunday night.

But not enough people picked up the phone for the call centre worker as the two public vote spots in Team Tom’s final three went to Craig Ward and duo Into the Ark.

Nadine broke down in tears after Sir Tom chose her ahead of three other acts for the final spot in his team for the live shows starting in two weeks’ time.

The former St Berteline’s CE Primary School pupil, a lifelong fan of Welsh star Sir Tom and his music, said: “I just want to thank Tom so much for believing in me.”

The 02 worker was the first to perform but showed no signs of being nervous in her first live television performance.

Sir Tom said: “It was wonderful because she gets emotional. And what I said to her was try to put those emotions into the song but don’t let them take over.

“You put the emotion into the song and you did a wonderful job.

“You sounded wonderful and I’m very proud of you.”

Gavin Rossdale, who joined Sir Tom in standing to applaud Nadine after she had sung, said: “I thought you did yourself proud, you did Tom proud and you did your dad proud.

“You did great. Good for you.” said: “There are a lot of times I tell singers ‘you sounded great but find the emotion. You sung every note perfectly but the emotion wasn’t there’.

“With this not only was every note perfect but the emotion was there as well. So congratulations on that.”

Jennifer Hudson said: “Will is right, I felt every inch of that.

“It’s not easy to sing and be emotional at the same time and to deliver both.

“But I felt every emotion and I felt and heard every single beautiful note, so great job.”

A delighted Nadine said: “Thank you so much for all your lovely comments.”

While rehearsing for tonight’s performance Nadine had the chance to sing Green Green Grass Of Home with her mentor.

She said: “I’m such a Tom Jones fan. I always have been since I was a little girl.

“I can’t believe I sang with him. I was on the verge of tears.”

It was a good weekend for Warrington acts on The Voice as Mo Adeniran from Stockton Heath also made it through to the next round on Saturday night.