A young country singer from Mayo is bidding for stardom on the new series of The Voice UK.

Chantelle Padden, from Binghamstown near Belmullet, is the only Irish contestant who gets the opportunity to sing for Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Anne-Marie and Olly Murs on the show this month.

The 24-year-old performer is one of 100 contestants to reach the Virgin Media One show's blind auditions from the 100,000 hopefuls who entered.

Chantelle told the Sunday World that she wasn't sure if country music would work on The Voice, but she is giving it a go anyways.

She added that "The Voice UK is a fantastic platform, so who knows what the future is going to bring now."

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