Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 9:04 pm

2 locals hope to become stars on 'The Voice'

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By Kelly Steiner, ksteiner@qconline.com

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Bethany Pate, a 2011 graduate of Rockridge High School, hopes to be the next big thing on "The Voice" when she auditions Sunday.
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Jilly McWhorter, a 21 year-old from Taylor Ridge, will audition for "The Voice" this weekend.
Bethany Pate, of Illinois City, and Jilly McWhorter, of Taylor Ridge, hope to become stars on "The Voice."

Both will audition for the show on Sunday in Rosemont. Miss. Pate, 19, will sing "Call Me When You're Sober" by Evanescence. Ms. McWhorter, 21, said she will decide when she gets on stage whether to singNirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" or Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit."

Ms. Pate is a photographer at Sears Portrait Studio, but said she dreams of a music career.Shewas in the Center for Living Art's production of "Rent," has done guest vocals for friends' bands, sings in various choirs and is working on an acoustic project.

Ms. Pate said her mother was told she'd never walk again after an accident, but she was able to walk, "so I know anything is possible if you set your heart to it, put in 110 percent and never give up."

Ms. McWhorterruns her own aesthetics business and sings and plays piano in her free time.

"Music was especially important to me throughout high school because I had a hard time there, and music really helped bring me through it,"she said.

She said she thinks she will stand out at the competition because she's covered in tattoos and has bright dyed red hair.

To follow her journey, visit facebook.com/JillyFansUnite or watch videos of her singing on YouTube under username JillyFansUnite.