Britain’s Got Talent 2012: Profile of Rachel Knowland

Rachel Knowland is an R&B soul singer, who started singing in a funk band at school at 14. Her influences range from Eva Cassidy to Jessie J. Rachel is a mum to her three young children and wants to prove she still has a chance at a successful music career.

What made you audition for Britain’s Got Talent this year?
My husband suggested I apply when he heard Simon Cowell would be back on the Judging panel.

What’s the most exciting thing about your Britain’s Got Talent experience so far?
Meeting all the other amazing acts and recognising people on the show when it was broadcast.

Are you nervous about performing in the live shows? Which Judge scares you the most?
I’m nervous about the live shows because I don’t know what to expect, I’m hoping the audience will enjoy my performance. I used to think Simon was really scary, but I don’t anymore. He just makes me nervous because I respect his opinion as with all the judges.

What will you do with the £500,000 prize money if you win?
I’d take my children to Disneyland because they’ve never had a holiday. Also pay off all my debts, send my mum to visit my grandmother in Aruba and save the rest for my children’s future.

What does performing at the Royal Variety Performance mean to you?
I would be proud to take part in such a long standing British tradition.

Why should you win Britain’s Got Talent?
If I win despite having had no vocal training, no manager, and no financial investment in my talent, it sends out a positive message to other people about the value of practice, patience and persistence. Many people are disillusioned with the entertainment industry, and think talent is no longer enough. I want to prove them wrong. Raw talent is still enough, and everyone needs to see that, especially all the mums who might otherwise give up on doing something their children would be proud of.

How would you feel if you won? What do you want to do at the end of BGT?
I would be overwhelmed if I won, the whole process still doesn’t seem real. I can’t imagine what that would be like. Once Britain’s Got Talent is over I’d really like to keep singing and take every opportunity as far as I can.

Tell us something about yourself that people may be surprised to know.
I won a school talent contest reciting Shakespeare when I was 10.

If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
JLS because my six year old daughter is obsessed with them and I’d win some pretty big brownie points.

Who has been your favourite act from previous series of Britain’s Got Talent?
Susan Boyle.

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