Halimah Kyrgios, Canberra tennis champion Nick Kyrgios' sister, the first artist through to Rita Ora's team on The Voice

Halimah Kyrgios on last night's episode of The Voice with fellow competitor Rebecca O'Connor.
Halimah Kyrgios on last night's episode of The Voice with fellow competitor Rebecca O'Connor.

Canberra's Halimah Kyrgios was thrilled on Tuesday night's episode of The Voice when she made a massive breakthrough in her journey to show Australia her talent.

The 31-year-old gave a powerful performance of the Aretha Franklin classic, Respect, persuading British superstar Rita Ora to give her one of the coveted top five spots on her team.

Ora said she had seen a "little fire" in Halimah that she wanted the rest of Australia to recognise.

"Halimah has so much to give. I can literally see a little monster inside of her waiting to break free," she said.

"I'm just so excited to have more moments of coming out of that shell," she said.

And she was excited to be working more intensely now with Ora. "What an opportunity," she said.

Rita Ora addresses Halimah, Rebecca and Irena on The Voice on Tuesday night.

Rita Ora addresses Halimah, Rebecca and Irena on The Voice on Tuesday night.

Her brother Christos agreed this was her time.

"Regardless of how talented she is, just given the publicity and profile Nick has, whatever room she walked into before the show, she'd be known as Nick's sister, not as Hali the singer or Hali the performer or Hali the musician," he said.

"I guess that comes with being in the family of a celebrity, but it makes me so happy seeing her showcase her talents and for people to recognise those."

Halimah during her earlier blind audition.

Halimah during her earlier blind audition.

After the blind auditions on the Prime7 singing competition, the four judges - Ora, Guy Sebastian, Keith Urban and Jessica Mauboy - selected a total of 51 artists but had to whittle it down to five each.

Ora said her pool of talent was "legit big" having 14 performers and needing to cut nine.

Halimah was the first to compete for her spot in Ora's top five, singing against against Irena Lysiuk, 28, of Queensland, and Rebecca O'Connor, 45, of Western Australia.

Ora said she felt all three women were "trying to find themselves".

She chose to give them the classic song Respect to perform because it was "a belter" but wanted them to "have fun with it and do it in your own way".

Halimah's soulful rendition won the day.

And her family were ecstatic.

"It's awesome and it's great she's had the platform to be able to show that talent and that passion she has had for singing and performing," Christos said.

"So I think it was great to show Australia and Rita again that she deserves to be on the show."

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