Luton-born Mia Sylvester gained a ticket to the battle rounds of The Voice UK, as Ricky Wilson turned his chair for her on last week’s show (13/2).

The singer appeared on episode six of the blind auditions on the BBC prime-time show. However, this was not the first time she’d been on the big screen.

Last year, Miss Sylvester appeared on the programme but was unable to get any chairs to turn by the coaches in her audition.

This year, with a new panel including Ricky Wilson, will.i.am, Paloma Faith and Boy George, the 28-year-old was more determined to get a chair to turn.

She said: “It was really difficult not getting through last year.

“It’s on national television, so you’re really putting yourself out there, but it was still such a positive experience thanks to the lovely feedback I had.

“I took it as a positive and it definitely gave me a thicker skin and pushed me to try my hardest and face my fears of it happening again.”

The former electrician was inspired to sing by her Grandmother, who used to encourage her to sing songs in other languages to her friends.

She said: “Everyone would have to sit through my twenty minute set, but they always clapped and praised me for it.

“I used to charge them 50p to attend my shows in the living room.”

This year, Miss Sylvester sang Ain’t No Way by Aretha Franklin for her audition.

42 seconds into her rendition of the song, Ricky Wilson pressed his button and turned for the Luton singer.

Miss Sylvester hopes to make her coach, family and friends proud with her performances.

She said: “I hope that I can build on my confidence.

“I’d also like to become an ambassador for young people with type one diabetes.

“It’s important to believe you can achieve anything you set out to do and that it can’t hold you back from things in life.”

After only having one chair turn, the Lutonian was unable to choose her coach, however she was extremely happy that she ended up with the Kaiser Chief singer.

She said: “The coach I had in mind was definitely Ricky Wilson.

“I’m a big Kaiser Chiefs fan which is a plus, and he seemed gutted for me the year before when I didn’t get a turn and believed in me this year.

“I have definitely landed the coach I wanted. I would have chosen him even if I had a four-chair turn.”

Miss Sylvester has been practicing extremely hard for the next stage of the competition.

During the battle rounds, she will be going head-to-head with another singer on her team hoping to knock them out of the competition.

She said: “Ricky has given me some good advice in preparation for my battle – mostly to have confidence and be myself.

“He is so down to earth and genuinely cares about all of his team members.

“I’m really excited to see what happens next for me in the competition.”

The battle rounds begin this Saturday at 7pm on BBC1.

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