Hollie Barrie on The Voice 2015

Article by Brentwood Gazette: A dog walker from Billericay left the four superstar judges stunned when she took to the stage on The Voice.

Hollie Barrie, from Billericay, performed Timber, which was a number 1 hit in the UK for US popstars Ke$ha and Pitbull in 2013.

The 30-year-old's rendition during the blind audition stage of the BBC show prompted all four judges to press their red buttons and swing around.

During the preliminary shows, judges Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs fame, Rita Ora and Will.i.am are only able to hear the different acts perform.

If they like what they hear and want to work with the performer, they press their button for the first glimpse of the singer.

The singer must then choose which of the judges they wish to work with for the rest of the show, as they bid to win the series.

Hollie admitted she had never before performed in public, having only sung to her close friends and family.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Hollie"]I sing every day, it just makes me happy. I always sing for my friends and my family and obviously for my dogs.[/quote]

A professional dog walker and animal presenter by trade, Hollie says the two jobs keep her happy when she is not holding the mic.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Hollie"]It keeps me fit and keeps me smiling, which is what I love. Besides from dog walking I am also an animal presenter. So I will take about 15 different animals to children's parties and the kids' reactions are really why I do it.[/quote]

Although she eventually won over all four of the celebrity judges, she was worried they would not love her as much as her friends and family do.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Hollie"]Up until now I mainly performed for my family, for my friends who will always say I am great. But not everyone can love me as much as my friends and family do. No matter what, if they don't turn around I have got my animals.[/quote]

It did not take long for Hollie to choose the singer she would like to work alongside, choosing former Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Hollie"]I think all of you are absolutely fantastic. But I have a really strong pull towards Will.[/quote]

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Will.I.Am"]I am so happy that I have a singer like that on my team. What makes me hit that button? I need something to set the standard – for somebody to bring fire.[/quote]

Article by Brentwood Gazette

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