Vote for Ruthin's Joe Woolford in first The Voice live show


Shane Brennan

NOW is the time to show your support for Joe Woolford when he needs it the most.

The Ruthin singer stormed into the quarter finals of The Voice on Saturday night with a “best in show” performance of his take on OutKast’s Hey Ya!

Joe, a 20-year-old Ysgol Brynhyfryd teaching assistant, has been making his way through the BBC hit talent show since his first appearance in February.

A large crowd packed the sports hall of the school to watch Joe’s latest triumph which saw him get a great reaction from the coaches with shouting “best in show! boom!” as he finished his song.

Joe is now staying in London where he has been sharing a flat with fellow contestant Emmanuel Nwamadi.

He will now move on to perform on the live shows where his fate will be decided by public telephone votes.

Joe appealed for people to support him in the live votes by voting for him and displaying the poster that is in this week’s Free Press in prominent places.

How was Saturday night?

“Saturday night was truly incredible, there were so many people who came to watch the show and although I don't know the exact amount raised for Freya, I'm guessing it was a lot!”

How does it feel to be following your dream down in London and how are you getting on with Emmanuel?

“Living in London now as I prepare for the live shows is a new experience for me as I'm so used to being around my family. It's a new chapter in my life and I'm hoping I live here until the finals!

“It's great living with someone as talented as Emmanuel from team Ricky because we both have the same dream, we get on really well!”

What sort of support has Rita provided?

“Throughout this experience Rita has been amazing. She really helps us as acts improve and be the best we can on show night! I have unlimited amounts of respect for Rita as a person and a singer!”

What has been the best of the whole experience so far?

“When I had the reaction I had from the coaches in the knockouts it was so surreal. But I also felt quite emotional too. All these four massive popstars praising me, people I have grown up listening too! It was a very nice feeling for me!”

What would you like to say to readers of the Free Press?

“I just want to say to everyone back at home and Denbighshire as a whole, thank you so much for the support, words can't describe how grateful I am!

"But now is the time I need you most!

"If everyone could pick up their phones and vote for me in Saturday’s quarter-final it would mean the absolute world to me! I am so close to achieving my dream and that's thanks to your support!

"So thank you and let's get those posters up!”

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