The Voice star from Stocking Pelham reveals how she nearly turned down the show

Georgie Braggins, from Stocking Pelham, who starred on The Voice UK

Georgie Braggins, from Stocking Pelham, who starred on The Voice UK

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A talented jazz singer who wowed judges and audiences on The Voice has revealed how she nearly turned down the opportunity to star on the ITV show.

Georgie Braggins, 21, from Stocking Pelham, near Clavering, gave a stunning performance of Ella Fitzgerald’s Every Time We Say Goodbye on January 14, but admits she was not sure about appearing on the programme initially.

Georgie got two of the show’s judges to swing round on their chairs – American singer and actress Jennifer Hudson and former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Georgie chose to be mentored by Jennifer and will now go through to the battle stages of the programme, which will be aired on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26.

Georgie said: “I got a call from one of the scouts from The Voice, who had seen me sing at a club in Soho, and she said, ‘We’d love to have you on the show’.

“Initially, my thought was to turn it down as I didn’t think it was for me.

“But after speaking to friends and on the basis that I’ve never turned down an opportunity to perform, I decided to say yes.

“I’m so pleased I did, it has been so much fun.”

Georgie said despite the judge and audience feedback, she did not feel it was her best performance.

She said: “I wasn’t nervous really, because I was so well prepared for it. But I felt it wasn’t my greatest vocal, the emotion got the better of me 
on the day and my voice wavered a bit.”

The young music teacher says she is savouring every minute of being on the show, which switched channels to ITV this year following five series on the BBC.

Georgie said: “Working with Jennifer is great, she’s so talented, and absolutely bonkers. All of the judges have been brilliant, the advice they have given me has been so valuable.

“I don’t think I’m going to win it, I’m a jazz singer, but hopefully I can entertain a few people along the way.”

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