Rachael O’Connor has revealed that she wants to follow the exact same career path as Kylie Minogue, if she finds fame through The Voice this year.
We reported earlier this week that the 16 year old Limavady singer is set to shine this weekend on the BBC show, after programme bosses released a teaser clip of her blind audition on Youtube.
The young performer can be heard singing Emeli Sande’s Clown and though the video doesn’t reveal whether or not any of the coaches turn to offer Rachael a place in their team, we think you’ll agree they’d be fools if they didn’t.
O’Connor told The Sun this week that she sees a lot of parallels between herself and coach Kylie Minogue.
She’s the same age the Australian star was when she recorded her first demo and she’d love to pursue an acting career too.
Rachael said: “Kylie is an idol – she’s been through everything. I think it’s really cool that she started at my age.
“She was acting – acting is something I want to do and which I’m serious about – and she went on to do singing and that’s obviously a big thing that I’m serious about.
“If I could follow the exact same path as Kylie did, I’d do it.”
Rachael travelled to Salford, near Manchester for her blind audition last year and admitted that she was shocked when some other contestants compared her to the pint sized pop star.
She’s flattered by the comparisons though and gushed:
“After my audition a few people said, ‘You know, you remind me a bit of Kylie’ and I nearly fainted! Oh my God. It’s really cool.”
O’Connor has been singing locally for a while but admitted that it’s only now that her family are taking her dreams of stardom seriously.
The brunette beauty claimed that people have started to take notice of her now she’s made the televised rounds of the BBC competition and explained:
“I always went on about how I wanted to be a singer or an actress and no one really took me on. This all happened and now everyone is thinking, ‘OK, well, this is what she wants to do’.”
In an interview with local newspaper The Derry Journal the young schoolgirl revealed that she has been treated brilliantly on the show to date.
Perhaps because of the young age of many of the contestants, the coaches and staff have been very nurturing to the hopefuls and it’s been a positive experience throughout.
“There are a number of 16 year olds in the show – some who have already been shown – and it has been lovely getting to know them and sharing the experience.
“All the judges have been really nice and really encouraging. Unlike some shows, there is just no nastiness about them,” she said.
The Voice is on BBC One on Saturday night at. 7.10pm. Watch Rachael O’Connor’s audition below and let us know what you think. Is she good enough for the Battle Rounds?