A former nail technician from Leeds is one of the would-be chart stars looking to wow viewers with a super-polished performance on TV singing contest The Voice on Saturday.
Keri-Ellah Cromack, 20, belts out a track by her musical idol, Carrie Underwood, in the first episode of the programme’s new series, which again features Leeds indie rocker Ricky Wilson on its coaching panel.
I didn’t have chance to feel nervous, the day seemed to happen in a blur.Keri-Ellah Cromack
The ex-Leeds West Academy student was today staying tight-lipped as to how she fares on the show, which was recorded in September.
But she was happy to wax lyrical about the experience as a whole, calling it “one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done”.
Keri-Ellah, from Bramley, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I didn’t have chance to feel nervous, the day seemed to happen in a blur.
“It all went so fast that I can’t remember much about what I actually did. I’ll probably be more nervous watching on TV tomorrow than I was on stage!”
Country music fan Keri-Ellah recently gave up her day job at a beauty salon in Pudsey so she can devote herself 100 per cent to her singing career.
She has been performing in pubs in her home city and further afield since she was 14 and last year scooped £5,000 by winning a talent competition.
Now she is hoping her appearance on The Voice will help her land a professional manager who can guide her towards fully-fledged stardom.
Keri-Ellah, who counts her hugely-supportive mum, Debbie, as her biggest fan, said: “If going on TV makes a difference, then that’ll be great.
“My mum’s pretty much my manager at the moment. She’s been brilliant, she never misses a gig and even helps me set up for each show.”
Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky and Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am have been joined as coaches for this series of The Voice by two newcomers in the shape of pop legend Boy George and multi-platinum selling songbird Paloma Faith.
An initial set of blind auditions will see Ricky and co sitting with their backs turned as the performers try to win a place in the next round by persuading them to spin one of the show’s famous red chairs.
The Voice is on BBC One at 7.30pm on Saturday.