Chelsea Redfern has admitted that when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year, she was most nervous about performing in front of Simon Cowell.
The teenage singer made the bootcamp rounds of The X Factor last year, but of course Cowell wasn’t on the panel then, so when she sang ‘Purple Rain’ in London’s Hammersmith Apollo in February, it was the first time she had seen the music mogul in real life.
Redfern admitted that the experience was a strange one and explained:
“Standing on the stage in front of all those people was just mesmerizing, I can’t really remember it, because it was just crazy.
I was really nervous about seeing Simon Cowell, because I really wanted to impress him.”
Luckily for her, Chelsea did blow Simon away and after her take on the famous Prince song, he raved:
“When I heard you were going to sing Purple Rain I’m thinking this could be risky, you’ve got something really quite distinct in your voice. You sound just like a popstar and you look like a popstar.”
The other three judges agreed and all gave her a yes and passed her onto the next round. The pretty singer hadn’t expected such a positive reaction and added:
“When I first went on I wasn’t expecting four yeses, I was really scared about the buzzers, so when the performance was over I was kind of relieved.”
Chelsea’s Nan accompanied her to the audition and was seen nervously waiting backstage, as she sang for the panel.
Redfern admitted that she took her Grandmother for support, as it was she who encouraged her to sing in the first place.
“I started [singing] when I was really young, because my Nan used to sing and she really inspired me and always put a mic in my hand. I think I was about 10 when I started entering local competitions.”
“I wanted to enter Britain’s Got Talent because I think I’m ready now. It’s going to be difficult competing against all the acts, because there’s so much talent so I’ll have to really try my best.”
Watch Chelsea’s audition again below and tell us, do you think she’ll make the live shows….