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Collier Row singers audition for The Voice

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 January 2016

Sammy-Jo Evans Picture: BBC / Wall to Wall

Sammy-Jo Evans Picture: BBC / Wall to Wall

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Havering has had its fair share of singing sensations, with Jessie J, Frankie Sandford and Little Mix's Jesy Nelson just a few who come to mind. Two more could be joining the list as they vie for the title of winner of BBC's talent show The Voice.

Sammy-Jo Evans, 18, of Collier Row, has been singing since she was a little girl, showing off her talent at performing arts school CPA Studios, North Street, Romford.

The singer also entered Mercury Mall’s Summer of Sound competition last year where she was a runner-up.

Sammy, who loves the 1950s style and country music, will be singing Jukebox Blues by June Cartner on Saturday’s show.

She said: “The first time I properly listened to country was when I was about 15 and my dad played a song on the radio and I remember thinking it was quite different from other styles of music.

“I auditioned for the show last year and didn’t get through, but this time I was singing at The World’s Inn pub in Romford when a scout from The Voice asked me to audition again.”

Sammy-Jo is not the only Havering face to be popping up on the show as Lydia Lucy, who auditioned for the X Factor in 2013 has returned to the limelight.

She said: “When I was on the X Factor, it gave me so much confidence and it made me determined to pursue my dreams of singing.”

The 22-year-old’s rendition of Trouble by Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson was aired earlier this month and she triumphed as three out of the four judges turned their chairs for the pocket rocket.

Celebrity judges Will.i.am, Ricky Wilson and newcomer Boy George fought for Lydia to be on their team, but in the end she picked the former Black Eyed Peas rapper.

She said: “I chose Will because I think we will work really well together and I know he understands the type of performer I am as I do rap as well.

“I’m very excited for the rest of the competition.”

Watch Sammy-Jo’s audition on The Voice tonight at 7.45pm.

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