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Jessie J Picks Ruth-Ann St Luce

Ruth-Ann St Luce

It was another week of success for Kensington and Chelsea College music student Ruth-Ann St Luce, who came out winning in a battle of vocal chords on BBC1’s prime time music show – The Voice.

Ruth originally earned her spot on the show after auditioning with a moving rendition of Leona Lewis’s ‘Run’ to an all star panel of Tom Jones, Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue, from which singer Jessie J went on to pick Ruth-Ann for her team.

But things heated up this week as the show entered the battle round forcing contenders to sing against each other with the loser being eliminated from the show. 18-year-old Ruth-Ann was watched by more than 8 million people on Saturday night as she went head-to-head with team member 21-year-old Ben Kelly from Northern Ireland.

Both pitted their singing skills against each other during a joint rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, but it was Ruth-Ann who made the final cut as Jessie J picked the act she most wanted to go through to the next stage of the competition.

Now a firm contender in the fight to be crowned the UK’s next great voice, Ruth is getting ready to face the public vote for the first time in the Live Stages of the show starting on Saturday April 28, 7pm on BBC1.

Songbird Ruth- Ann, who is studying for her Level 2 Diploma in Music, said before her performance on Saturday night: “I feel lucky to even be here right now, for this battle I’ve got to prove myself, more than anyone else, I’m going to totally bring it.”

The talented singer has already shown her versatility and star quality in several college music performances in front of industry names including award winning English rap star Akala. Speaking exclusively to the college’s student magazine Ruth-Ann revealed a varied range of musical influences including legends such as The Jackson Five, Smoky Robinson and Stevie Wonder and more recent artists including Beyoncé, Adele and Bruno Mars.

Speaking about her passion for singing Ruth-Ann said: “I loved music before I was able to talk properly. When I was around 6 I became pretty intrigued with music. I used to sing along to songs with my family. My Dad encouraged my siblings and me to sing every day and he would often pretend that we were doing stage shows, where he was a presenter and he would introduce us on stage to sing. My first live performance came when I sang in church with my sister and seeing the positive reaction from everybody lifted me and made me want to sing more.”

The ambitious teen also praised the college and her course, adding: “I liked the fact that the teachers were well connected with people in the music industry. I find it a great place to study in. It is very multicultural, and the students are friendly and very sociable. I also like the staff because they actually care about the students and go out of their way to help us.

Head of Music at Kensington and Chelsea College, Paul Hall said: “Ruth-Ann is the one to watch. Not only does she possess incredible talent at such a young age, she is also one of the nicest girls you’ll ever meet. Everyone at Kensington and Chelsea College knows how great she is, we just can’t wait for everyone else to find out now!

Music student Ruth-Ann St Luce is the one to watch on BBC1’s The Voice! Become a fan of our Facebook Page to stay up-to-date on news about Ruth-Ann and her progress on the hit music show: http://www.facebook.com/kensingtonandchelseacollege

To view Ruth-Ann’s winning battle performance click on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rbjkg