What’s it really like to be on The Voice, the ITV's popular singing-talent search show? One-time Merthyr Tydfil Stagecoach student Victoria, 16, tells all…

Victoria singing on The Voice

When did you start singing?
“About three or four years old. I didn’t realise I had talent – it was more I just enjoyed performing and singing, but I’ve never actually been taught how to sing.”

How did going to Stagecoach help?
“I sang a lot at Stagecoach and Stagecoach helped me a lot with confidence as well. Stagecoach gives people who want to go into the music or acting industry the confidence and courage to go and do it.”

How did The Voice come about?
“I sent in an application on line. I had to send in two videos of me singing and I had to write about who I was and where I came from. Then one day I got a call from The Voice team and they said I’d got an audition.”

Victoria when she was picked by Will.I.AM.

Tell us about the audition.
“It was overwhelming. I didn’t really believe it was real until I actually went on stage and sang. I think it was the most surreal moment of my life. It was just so incredible.

“I sang ‘Treat You Better’ by Shawn Mendez. Will.i.am turned first and Gavin turned next. I had to decide if I wanted to go with Gavin or with Will, and I went with Will.”

Victoria on Tom Jones’s right, with Tom and his team

What happened next?
“As you progress through the competition, you have the battle rounds, the knock-out, the quarter final, semi-final and the final. In the battles, you go up against one of the other contestants in your team. Will gave us our battle songs and we’d have to sing against each other, then he chose one of us and the other one would either go home or another coach could steal them. I got stolen by Tom Jones and he was really helpful. He taught me a lot of tips about my breathing, which I’ve always struggled with, and I got as far as the live knock-out.”

What was it like backstage?
“It was an incredible atmosphere, because we all became friends.”

Victoria, in the centre, with other contestants for ITV's Good Morning Britain

What did you learn from the whole experience?
“That if you want to do something in life, you have to push yourself to do it and that you have to work to get what you want. If you don’t try hard enough you won’t succeed.”

What’s next?
“I want to finish my A levels and then become a singer and performer.”

You can see Victoria in action below.

Victoria singing on The Voice