The Voice journey ends for Emerald's Sophie Phillis
EMERALD residents collectively held their breaths, with eyes glued to the screen on Tuesday night, as our local star Sophie Phillis stood before The Voice judges.
A wave of disappointment swept through the community as Delta Goodrem chose Nathan Allgood over the Emerald local in Round 4 battles.
The pair battled in the ring singing their own rendition of Rihanna's Stay and, although The Voice journey ended for Sophie, the local singer was in high spirits and didn't walk away empty handed.
"I spent the last four years quite down on myself," she said.
"Circumstances led to a lack of self-esteem and confidence and I lost the enjoyment that music once brought.
"The Voice journey reminded me of what I can achieve and I'm thankful.
"I'm conflicted because I would love to have continued the journey but I am also so happy that Nathan gets to continue to show Australia his talent also.
"If I were to lose to anyone, I would want it to be to him."
Sophie has been overwhelmed by the support of her friends, family and the community.
"I have really appreciated the Central Highlands getting behind me, whether it be by well wishes and congratulations in the supermarket, comments on Facebook or public displays of support, nothing has gone unnoticed," she said.
"It has made the experience that much more enjoyable.
"I'm so proud to call Emerald my home."
Even though the singing star's journey on The Voice has come to an end, Sophie's singing dream has only grown, with plans of an album forming.
But the single mother of one has promised she will be sticking around.
"For the time being my place is here, and it is the best place for Georgia at the moment," Sophie said.
"So we will be here for a little while longer."
Sophie will sing her battle song and blind audition song, Beautiful Disaster by Kelly Clarkson, at Le Porte Rosse tomorrow night at 9pm.