UK: The Voice’s Rita Ora was a Eurovision 2009 hopeful

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This is not the first time that one of the celebrities on the panel of The Voice UK  has tried to be on prime time Saturday night television. We are writing about this year’s new judge.

For those of you who were able to follow the UK’s audition process for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, you might just remember that a 16 year old girl called Rita Sahatçiu Ora was one of the aspiring hopefuls auditioning for Your Country Needs You when Andrew Lloyd Weber was one of the song’s composers and on the judging panel.

In the, Caroline Westbrook reminded her readers of this in her recent article.

She wrote that;

Rita Ora might be making her debut as a judge on The Voice UK – but in fact she’s no stranger to Saturday night TV talent shows. She had an impressive pair of lungs on her even then – at the tender age of 16 – as she belted out her rendition of Oleta Adams’ Get here in her bid to impress Andrew Lloyd Webber and the other panelists.

Ultimately Rita dropped out of the process and has since said she doesn’t regret making an early exit.

The Metro continued;

[Rita] admitted last year: Imagine, if I’d stayed it would probably have been all over for me.

See for yourself. Here’s Rita auditioning.

Jade Ewan eventually flew the flag in Moscow, singing It’s my time, achieving a memorable fifth place and accumulating 173 points.

Stay tuned to for news on participants, past, present and even those who didn’t make it to the Eurovision Song Contest.