West End star Kerry Ellis may be a big hit on the stage scene, having wowed audiences with her performances in show such as Wicked and My Fair Lasy, but the blonde beauty wasn’t quite so successful when she tried to make the move into reality TV recently.
It has been reported that the singer – best known for her amazing performance as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked – was keen to land a mainstream record deal, and so tried out for BBC’s The Voice. However, all four judges rejected her and she didn’t make it to the final rounds.
The Voice features blind auditions, where the judges face away from the stage and never see or know anything about the auditioness, before hearing their vocal performance.
Kerry is an amazing vocalist, but it seems that she isn’t up Jessie J, Will.i.am, Tom Jones or Danny O’Donoghue’s street, as after listening to Ellis perform, not one of the four panelists chose to have her in their groups.
A source told The Daily Star: “There were genuine gasps that no-one picked her.”
“No one is saying that Kerry isn’t talented. But the coaches have different tastes.”
Kerry made her West End debut in the 2001 revival of My Fair Lady as Martine McCutcheon’s understudy in the role of Eliza Doolittle. She later moved to the role of Meat in We Will Rock You and went on to land lead roles in Les Misérables, Wicked, Chess and Oliver!.
Kerry has had a record deal previously and in 2010, released her debut album ‘Anthems’ which was produced by Queen star Brian May.
She remains close to the rock star and recently recorded a new version of Born Free, for release later this year, as part of the Born Free – Year of the Lion project.
Listen to Kerry perform Defying Gravity at The Royal Variety Performance below and tell us, do you think the judges made the right decision? We think they are a bit mad ourselves!