GO GIRL: Former Graftonian Tameaka Powell battles it out with fellow Team Madden team singer Mikhail Laxton. Tameaka won that battle and goes straight through to the live rounds.Photo: Stuart Bryce
GO GIRL: Former Graftonian Tameaka Powell battles it out with fellow Team Madden team singer Mikhail Laxton. Tameaka won that battle and goes straight through to the live rounds.Photo: Stuart Bryce

Live show battle begins for Tameaka on The Voice

GRAFTON'S claim to fame in this season's series of The Voice, former Clarence schoolgirl and country music singer Tameaka Powell (Fairfull), continues her path to reality television glory by claiming victory in her first 'battle' encounter last night on the hit Channel 9 show.

Up against fellow Team Madden member Mikhail Laxton, Tameaka sung it out with her competitor delivering a strong rendition of the hit James Bay song Hold Back the River, personally selected by their coaches Joel and Benji Madden to showcase their vocal ranges.

Tameaka, who is now based in Emerald in Queensland, said singing a male song was challenging but "it felt really good".

"I was stoked on the song choice as it suited my vocal range," the 30-year-old said.

Tameaka said the battles were competitive but were also helpful as far as feeling more confident goes.

"It's still pretty intimidating out there. I was so nervous the first time but this time I just wanted to get out there and enjoy it a bit more. I think having Mikhail out there on stage with me kind of centred me a bit more."

Despite trying to relax, Tameaka said she was still feeling the nerves. "The judges picked up on that but it definitely felt better than my first audition."

While Jessie J, Delta Goodrem and Ricky Martin preferred Mikhail's performance to Tameaka's, the Madden brothers went against the tide and chose Tameaka.

"I was beside myself and broke down on stage. I remember crying because I didn't expect it. It all still feels pretty surreal at the moment. I just want to get up there again now and sing and improve my confidence. I just want to shake those nerves."

Helping to do that is the free pass Tameaka also received from the Maddens - "only two performers per team receive those" - which means she avoids this Sunday's 'super-battle' and goes straight to the live rounds next week.

She said the Madden boys had been brilliant coaches, offering the "whole package of advice."

"They are so down to earth, real characters. They give you a bit of everything. Anything I feel I'm faulting with they offer me 10 different ways to improve it. It's been an absolute blessing of a journey so far."

But it may not be the last encounter Tameaka has with teammate Mikhail as he was awarded a 'steal' which means he survives to sing another day.

Tameaka said she was just taking the whole journey one day at time as she waits for the live rounds to begin. "My kids are really stoked about me being on the show. My three-year-old has been swinging around on the chairs at home saying 'look mum, I turned for you'."



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