Alumna Rachel Rose performs on The Voice
"In June 2016 I auditioned to be a part of The Voice UK 2017.
I have been singing my whole life. At the age of 16 I joined Rock Choir and after graduating from the University of Portsmouth I threw myself into my solo career.
Since then I have written and released an EP and an Album, sung at Glastonbury, Wembley, Ronnie Scotts, Future Breakers at Capital Summer Time Ball with Vodafone, Kiss 100 Music Cube with Sennheiser and many more. I was ready to take my career to the next stage but I was unsure how to do it. The music industry is tough and I needed the kind of exposure that I was struggling to get on my own.
In May 2016 I met somebody who worked for The Voice and after seeing me perform, they encouraged me to audition for the show. I wasn’t sure at first as I’d always wanted to try and achieve my goals the old school way, but after discussing it with people I trust, I decided to go for it. I can honestly say it was one of the best things I have ever done. From the people I met, the vocal coaches I worked with, the band I performed with, and the stage I sang on, the whole thing was a dream from beginning to end.
The week leading up to my blind audition was so stressful, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and was singing my song over and over. When I woke up on the day, I have never felt so relaxed. I was more than ready for it. Picked up at 7.30am, I headed to the studio for a long day of interviews, filming, rehearsals, and, of course, the performance. I met the lovely Emma Willis as well as some of the other contestants and producers of the show. All of whom really made the experience so special for me; they are some of the nicest people I have ever met!
When I was told it was my turn to go down to stage, the butterflies kicked in. I get both nervous and excited before gigs but never anything like I felt in that moment. I don’t remember the last time my adrenaline was so strong and my need to try and calm myself was so powerful, and yet I couldn’t do a thing about it. I knew I had 90 seconds to give my absolute all and that is exactly what I did. I poured my heart and soul out on that stage and gave it everything I could.
When I finished and I saw nobody had turned their chair. I dropped my head and thought “OK, that’s that then.” Then I looked up and saw the audience getting to their feet, and the tears came. I was so sad my journey on the show had come to an end so soon, but I was so thankful for those people in that room who made me feel like I had done an amazing job. They changed the rules this year so that if you don’t get a chair turn, you don’t get any feedback. That was really hard but the audience reaction helped so much.
After taking a week out to feel sad about leaving the show, I was ready to get back up and realise what it was I had actually achieved, I felt so proud of myself. I love what I do and that day the audience reminded me why I do it and why I work so hard. I will forever be grateful to them.
When I watched the show back I was thrilled with the outcome. I was proud of my performance and was really touched by the positive feedback from the judges. I still don’t really know why I didn’t get my chair turn but I’m OK with that. I have been inundated with such wonderful messages from people and that means absolutely everything.
If anyone was considering going on the show, I would 100% encourage them to do it. Even if you don’t get through, it’s an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life."
Rachel studied BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Portsmouth, graduating in 2010.