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Canberra mum Amber Nichols hopes home-town votes can keep her on The Voice

Canberra mum Amber Nichols hopes the national capital – famous for championing its own – throws its support behind her and starts voting to keep her on The Voice.

Voting to ensure she stays on the singing competition is open until 5.30pm (AEST) on Sunday.

It's the first time the contestants have been subject to the public vote. Amber has her good friend Hayley Jensen, who finished in the top four of the second series of Australian Idol, to give her tips on how to survive in the reality-TV world.

"I remember when Hayley was on Idol and I was just so proud of Canberra for getting behind her and really supporting her. And I'm hoping the same thing happens for me," she said.

"But it's really scary going to the public vote, it's like, 'Do people really like me'? I have no idea."

Amber, who is 36 weeks pregnant, says her baby girl doesn't get too excited when she's singing.


"I think when I'm moving around and singing, she's actually being rocked to sleep. It's only when I'm sort of lying down and trying to rest, she goes absolutely crazy, 'What's going on'? And wakes up. 'Take that bladder'!"

With her growing bump, the 32-year-old Telstra executive from Franklin has been getting a lot of media attention and comments on social media, some of it hurtful.

"There's some people who have disagreed with me doing the show while I'm pregnant. They think I'm putting my baby at risk. But you listen to your body and I certainly don't think I'm putting my baby at risk. If anything, they'll look back and be proud," she said.

"If I wasn't here I'd still be working. I'm not one to sit at home and do nothing. I'm doing just what almost every woman does and that's having a baby."

Now based in Sydney for the competition, she has an obstetrician in the city and had a check-up this week and "everything's going well".

"If I feel any contractions, I've got a plan. I'm booked into a hospital here. And I've got all that sorted and feeling comfortable with that arrangement," she said.

But in the end, it is about the singing.

"I got through because I could actually sing not because they thought, 'Oh,how cool would it be for someone to give birth on The Voice'," she said.

Her husband, Pete, and their son, Charlie, 15 months, are spending half the week in Sydney and half in Canberra. She is feeling a lot of love from her home town.

"I've got a lot of support from my work and my friends are all really proud of me," she said.

Her song choice for Sunday is hush-hush but it will be by an Australian artist. And she hopes people do get to hear it, with the results of the voting to be revealed at the beginning of the show.

"Even though we've gone through all our mentoring, all the dress rehearsals, all the sound checks, we still may not get to sing our song," she said.

"It's hard because you're so invested at this point and you really want to stay until the next week."

To vote for Amber call 1902 558 051 and press 01. The 1902 call is 55¢ with mobiles/payphones extra.The Voice is on WIN Television on Sunday at 7pm.