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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Meet the 7-year-old hoping to be the Irish Beyonce - and she's ready for TV debut

Savannah performing for top music stars on The Voice Kids
Savannah performing for top music stars on The Voice Kids

An 'Irish Beyonce' in the making has dazzled some of the world's biggest pop stars at just seven years old while auditioning for The Voice Kids.

Savannah Phoenix Munroe, from Dublin 18, performed in front of hundreds of people, including judges will.i.am, pop princess Pixie Lott and McFly frontman Danny Jones.

While the outcome of her performance will remain a secret until her TV debut on Tuesday, Savannah told the Herald that her inspiration came from her idol Beyonce.

"I love her because she's very sassy and comes across as really motivational," Savannah said.

"Whenever Beyonce performs she just owns the stage and that's exactly what I wanted to do.

"When I first went up it seemed like there were millions of people in the audience, but I was very excited about the possibility of getting through.

"It was a lot of fun and a great experience."

She added that when she grows up she would love to go to medical school, but will never stop singing.

Savannah's mum Fleur said she couldn't be prouder of her daughter and believes she has what it takes to become a star.

"She always had natural talent, even when she was a baby. When she was just three years old she got a scholarship to the Leeson Park School of Music in Rathmines and her talent grew from there," she said.

"Her audition was nerve-racking for me, so I was amazed to see just how confident she was at singing in front of all those people.

"She works very hard, but the most important thing is that she has fun doing it."

Performed

The Voice Kids is back on TV3 - and this year the search for the next child star will air every night across one week, kicking off from tonight at 8pm.

The show is open to children aged between seven and 14, with the young singers first performing in the 'blind auditions', where they will try to nab one of 12 spots on each coach's team.

Each singer will perform to a live band, headed by music director David Tench, in the hope that one of the coaches will push their button and turn their chair around.

After this round, the youngsters move on to the 'battles', where three singers from each team link up to perform together for each spot in the semi-final.

Four singers from each team then appear in the semi-final before viewers at home get to choose the winner in the live final.

The winner will scoop a £30,000 (€34,000) bursary toward their musical education, as well as a dream family holiday to Disneyland Paris.

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