Iesher Haughton vows to fight for her singing career despite The Voice exit

The Voice's Iesher Haughton has vowed to continue her singing career, despite being booted out of the show.

The 19-year-old singer was voted out of the BBC competition during the live quarter final alongside Rachael O'Connor, Emily Adams and Georgia Harrup. After her fate was announced, her coach told her she was a 'bona fide star', adding: "Please don't stop singing."

Iesher said she would heed his advice: "I would always, always carry on, no matter what happens. I'll stay strong. That's the way forward. If you love something enough, (you have to) fight for it so that's what I'm going to do."

The London student, who was bullied at school, said The Voice has boosted her self-esteem.

"I came on the show to build my confidence and it has been working. It's been a real pleasure to be here and I feel much more confident at this stage," she continued.

And she joked: "If it can grow even more, I wouldn't know what to do with it."

Iesher, who received the lowest votes on Team Will after her rendition of Clean Bandit's Rather Be, stands by her song choice.

"It was my choice because I'm always singing ballads and I want to take a bit of a risk and jump out and do something more active and fun. I've never moved, I've never danced, no one has ever seen me dance," she said.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Rachael has been inspired by her mentor Kylie Minogue.

"Working with Kylie is a dream. She's the type of artist I want to grow up to be, and working with her from such a young age, I can remember everything she's taught me. If I work hard enough, then hopefully I will be a performer like her," she said.


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