Sheffield singer makes bid for stardom on The Voice

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A Sheffield singer’s love of performing has landed herself another shot at stardom – competing on a television talent show.

Millions of people will watch as Jade Hewitt, aged 27, tries to impress the judges on BBC’s The Voice on Saturday.

In the show singers perform blind auditions to the backs of four judges – Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson, will.i.am and Rita Ora – hoping their vocals will impress the panel enough for them to turn around and put them through to the next heat.

Jade, from Richmond, will perform Here For The Party, by American country music singer Gretchen Wilson – but she is unable to reveal whether she gets through this time.

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She has already experienced time in the limelight when she got down to the final 50 contestants in the live show of Pop Idol in 2003 while she was a teenager.

And she was also in a girl band which secured management and worked on an album in the hope of winning a recording contract.

But despite her experience, Jade, who works in the admin department at Yorkshire Crisps in Wales Bar, said she was nervous when the time came to perform for the judges.

She said: “My mum said when I was walking out on stage it looked like I was going to cry.

“I am not a person who suffers too bad with nerves.

“I love performing and wanted to go out and just be me.

“I was going to entertain the crowd because the judges had their backs to me – if they turned round then that would be great, but if not I’d still have a good time.

“As soon as I went out on the stage you could hear a pin drop.

“It feels like you’re standing their for an hour when it’s only a few seconds.

“But as soon as the music started I just thought ‘go for it’.”

Jade, who has been singing since she was 11, will be watching the show at the Anglers Rest in Handsworth on Saturday.

After regulars have witnessed her fate, she will then perform live.

Jade added: “I only told my mum and boyfriend at the beginning but as I kept getting through the auditions I had to let more people know.

“The support has been really, really nice. It’s good to know the city is behind me.”