Saturday 19 October 2019

Meet the Irish 7-year-old hoping to channel Beyonce on The Voice Kids UK

Savannah performing for top music stars on The Voice Kids
Savannah performing for top music stars on The Voice Kids
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A seven-year-old from Dublin looks set to wow the judges on The Voice Kids UK this week.

Savannah, from Dublin 18, will perform on the ITV show this week in front of judges will.i.am, pop princess Pixie Lott, McFly frontman Danny Jones and an audience of thousands.

The series kicks off tonight (Saturday July 14) on ITV and TV3 as a week-long event, culminating in the final on Saturday 21st.

Whether or not Savannah gets through the blind auditions to the next round remains a secret until the programme airs on Tuesday.

Danny Jones (left), Pixie Lott (second left), Will.i.am, and Emma Willis (right) at the launch of The Voice Kids, at Madame Tussauds in London (Ian West/PA)
Danny Jones (left), Pixie Lott (second left), Will.i.am, and Emma Willis (right) at the launch of The Voice Kids, at Madame Tussauds in London (Ian West/PA)

However, her favourite singers are Beyonce and Adele and she tells Independent.ie that whenever she performs she tries to "own the stage" like Beyonce.

"Why I like Beyonce is because when she gets an opportunity to perform on a big stage she owns the stage.  She makes sure she uses all of the stage," she says.

Danny Jones, Pixie Lott and Will.i.am (ITV)
Danny Jones, Pixie Lott and Will.i.am (ITV)

Speaking about performing in front of such a big crowd and famous judges, she said, "It was a little bit nerve wracking but at the same time it was an exciting experience being on stage in front of thousands of people."

Savannah's mum Fleur said she also felt "really, really nervous" as her little girl took to the stage.

"When I saw her on stage I thought, 'Oh my God, what have I done to my baby?'  She looked so tiny on stage.  But she was fine. 

"I was nervous for her just because of the volume of people and the magnitude of the show, but she was grand, not a bother on her.  She had no fear!  I wouldn't be able to do anything like that."

Fleur says she has always sung with her daughter, ever since before her little girl could talk.

"When she was little she used to mimic sounds and we just started singing together.  She would try to imitate singers on the radio and when she could talk she just learned songs really quickly."

Savannah does drama but not singing with the Helen Jordan Stage School.  Singing is something mother and daughter work on together.

"I can sing, but not as well as Savannah," says Fleur.  "I'm able to correct her when she goes wrong.  We encourage each other and correct each other."

The show is open to children aged from seven to 14 and they each perform a blind audition with the hopes of bagging one of 12 spots on each coach's team.

Each singer will perform to a live band headed by music director David Tench.  After the blind auditions they perform in the Battles, which sees three singers from each team perform together for a spot in the semi-final.

Four singers from each team then appear in the Semi-Final before viewers at home get to choose the winner in the live final.

The winner will once again scoop a £30,000 bursary towards their musical education plus a dream family holiday to Disneyland Paris.

The Voice Kids will air nightly across one week on TV3 starting from Saturday 14th July at 8pm

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