Monday 20 November 2017

Sister's A&E trip led me to The Voice, reveals Sinead

FOR most families a trip to the A&E is a nightmare -- but for singing hopeful Sinead Fox it was a blessing in disguise.

Sinead, who appeared on last Sunday's programme, explained how her little sister's trip to Accident & Emergency last year resulted in her finding out about auditions for RTE's latest talent series.

The 18-year-old, who comes from Co Meath, told the Herald that her mum Patricia (43) saw an ad for the talent series while on an unexpected visit to their local hospital with daughter Erica (15) in September.

"My sister Erica wasn't feeling well and had been suffering bad abdominal pains, so mum decided to get her checked out. While they were waiting she saw an advert for the show on the telly and rang me straight away to let me know," Sinead said.

The hopeful, who impressed coaches Brian Kennedy (45) and Kian Egan (31) with her stunning rendition of Charlie Chaplin's Smile on Sunday's opening installment, has battled with severe nerves and stage fright in the past, causing her to avoid singing in public until her appearance on the show.

She said: "I was always too scared to try out for these kinds of competitions before, in case people saw me and thought I was rubbish. I'm self-conscious of my voice and for years I didn't even want my friends to hear me.

"But I have no back-up plan, I'm finished school and I'm useless at everything else, this is what I want to do."

Sinead, who comes from a family of 12 children, insists her parents have always encouraged her to show off her vocal talent.

"They said I should have gone for X Factor but I never wanted to, I'm not a traditional teenager and I don't care much for that," she added.

Thrilled to swap her family's farm yard for the stage, Sinead will go on to compete for a spot in her coach's team for the live finals of The Voice.

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