NOT enough people picked up the phone for call centre worker Nadine McGhee tonight as she crashed out of ITV talent show The Voice at the quarter finals stage.
The Runcorn songbird impressed all four celebrity judges with her haunting rendition of George Michael’s Different Corner but her mentor Sir Tom Jones chose to send duo Into The Ark through to the semi finals.
That left the fate of the 19-year-old from Windmill Hill and the other act in Team Tom’s final three, Craig Ward, in the hands of the viewing public.
They were up against two acts from each of the other judges, Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale, with only four places up for grabs.
After the public vote ended her impressive run in the primetime ITV show Nadine said: “I am gutted but I want to thank Tom for keeping me in in the first place.”
For the second week running the former St Berteline’s CE Primary School pupil changed her song after the first batch of rehearsals.
Sir Tom initially asked her to sing Ghost by Ella Henderson but Nadine felt that it did not suit her voice.
After performing ballad Different Corner live the teenager, who works for 02 at the Capita building in Preston Brook, said: “I am glad the other song didn’t work because I didn’t think it was me.
“I am glad I sung this song.”
Bush frontman Gavin gave Nadine a big thumbs up for her song selection U-turn.
“I am really glad the other song didn’t work out because it was so beautiful hearing George Michael – I miss him so much, we all miss him so much,” he said.
“And the way you sang it was so beautiful and it made me think of his greatness and it made me think that was the best time I have ever seen you on the show.”
Sir Tom said: “I know you didn’t have long to learn that song but you did learn it, and it touched me.”
Will.i.am added: “That was calming and it felt like I was in Hawaii by a campfire. Nice.”
Jennifer felt that Nadine’s performance improved as the song progressed.
“For me it seemed like you were trying to find your pace in it but then you did,” she said.
“It was like your confidence gradually grew and you came into your own and you delivered it.”
Host Emma Willis said: “It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful.”
Nadine also failed to gain enough votes from the viewing public in the previous round of the competition.
Then Sir Tom came to her rescue by giving her the last spot in his final three.
He told her in tonight’s show: “I thought you sounded great and that’s why I got you through, and I’m proud of you.”
Nadine said: “If Tom believes in me I hope the public can too because I really don’t want to go home.”
You may be going home Nadine but you have done yourself and Runcorn proud with your performances on the show.