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Tears for Scots soprano

Ciara ‘in shock’ as fans react to Voice verdict

Ciara Harvie
Judge Jennifer Hudson listens as Ciara sings

Edinburgh singing sensation Ciara Harvie admits she is “still in shock” following the reaction to her appearance on ITV’s The Voice talent show at the weekend.

None of the four judges turned for the opera singer but Sir Tom Jones was seen to hold his head in his hands as the chairs turned and pint-sized Ciara was revealed.

For the first time on the show the judges invited her back on stage to congratulate her on her performance.

The 19-year-old revealed today that the segment was shot back in October and that she and her family and friends were sworn to secrecy until it aired on Saturday.

“The messages of support have been huge. Even though I didn’t get a chair turn everyone has been so supportive and encouraging,” she said.

“It was really hard having to keep quiet. My mum and dad, my brother Ben and my aunt were all there cheering me on, even though I didn’t get one chair turn from the judges.

“There were lots of tears. My mum started crying even before I sang a note. My friend Sarah was there too and my mum’s friend Christine.

“The presenter Emma Willis was really lovely at supporting them as they watched. Even my brother Ben was quite star-struck and enjoyed seeing himself on TV at the weekend.”

Ciara HarvieCross-over mezzo soprano Ciara, who is self- taught, has been singing in public since the age of 13 and each year performs at the Edinburgh Fringe.

In keeping with her musical genre Ciara is usually known for her glamorous gowns and diva-style dresses.

However, for rehearsals of The Voice she was asked to choose five outfits from wardrobe and then on the day the wardrobe department chose a torn jeans grunge look.

“I think they wanted the audience to expect a pop singer so they dressed me as one for that element of surprise when I sang opera.

“The judges were lovely I got amazing feedback. Jennifer Hudson was really sweet. She told me that is a young girl she wanted to sing opera but her career went off in a different direction.”

Since Saturday Ciara has been responding to a huge amount of fan mail including Tweets from other personalities such as Elle Henderson and X-Factor finalist Emily Middlemas from Glasgow who tweeted: “You did Scotland proud.”


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