College’s pride as former student reaches final of TV talent show

Former South Essex College student Grace Holden is through to the final of TV’s The Voice.

The 18-year-old was chosen by viewers on Saturday to represent team Olly Murs in the grand final. She will battle against three other acts on Saturday, March 20 at 8.30pm on ITV.

Her talent at the Southend college didn’t go unnoticed as she graduated in June 2020 with a distinction on the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Musical Theatre Pathway).

Richard Hooper, Musical Theatre Course Team leader congratulated Grace on her achievement and said everyone was ‘extremely proud of her.’

He said: “Even from the day she auditioned, it was clear that Grace had a stunning voice, but she always strived to make it even better and develop her performance skills.

“This element of her course is what Olly Murs comments on regarding her ability to connect emotionally to her performance.

“Grace was an extremely hard working student, but was also great fun to have in class. She always had a really positive outlook which helped her to develop her confidence levels to what we have seen on The Voice.

“Even through the struggles of this past year, she has been determined to succeed in her endeavour. Who knows where this will lead? Hopefully she will dip her toe into the world of Musical Theatre alongside a pop career.

“Needless to say we wish Grace all the luck in the world.”

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Mick Ferris

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