A singing sensation from the Fylde coast has wowed the judges on a top television talent show.
Former ArnoldKEQMS student Emily Adams left international stars Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson spellbound with her performance on BBC1’s The Voice on Saturday night.
The 18-year-old, who works at Questa Chartered Financial Planners near Westby, said singing professionally had always been an ambition.
She added: “I have been singing since the age of three.
“At 11, I played Annie in a school production and from 16 have made various public appearances at parties and events.
“On the show, I said there has always been a pressure on teenagers do A-Levels, go to university and get a job. I just wanted to see how far I could go with my talent.”
The show’s concept is indicated by its title. The coaches do not judge the artists by their looks, personalities, stage presence or dance routines – only their vocal ability.
When judges like an act, they press a button and turn their chair around to select the performer.
Watched on by dad Marc, 52, mum Judi, 45, step-brother Chris Bond, 26, and boyfriend, Joe Matthews, 21, Emily left the judges awe-struck with her rendition of I Would Rather Go Blind by Etta James. Ricky Wilson, lead singer of indie band, The Kaiser Chiefs, picked the singer for his team.
He called her performance “great”. Each judge takes through 12 acts to the next round, before they are cut to six as the show reaches its final. Emily added: “Since filming the blind audition round, Ricky’s final 12 went out with him on a social evening – he is a really down to earth, nice guy.