A YORK schoolgirl’s dreams of music stardom are one step closer to reality after she made it through to the next round of BBC’s The Voice.

Sixteen-year-old singer songwriter Beth McCarthy won the battle round on Saturday night and is now one week closer to the live shows.

Beth sang against twins Tila and Tavelah with a performance of Katy Perry’s Roar, and was chosen by coach Ricky Wilson, of The Kaiser Chiefs, to make it into next week’s knock-out round.

Beth said: “This has been my favourite part of the show so far. It was a totally different style of song for me, and it wasn’t one I would have picked for myself but it was great fun in the end.

“The twins and I agreed from the beginning that we were going to work as a team rather than trying to out-sing each other. That could have got messy, and we wanted to do a good performance.”

The fight now goes on for Beth, and she will sing for her survival again this weekend.

She said: “The competition is serious now. The strong voices are in there, and everything just got tighter. I’m excited about picking my own songs for the knock-out round, and I’d love to get through to the live shows.”