Former Nescot student Charlotte Turnbull says she has been ‘blown away’ by the support she has received since appearing on BBC talent show The Voice on Saturday (February 21).
Charlotte, 18, sang Gecko (Overdrive) by Oliver Heldens, which topped the UK charts in June last year and featured vocals by former The Voice semi-finalist Becky Hill.
She said she was disappointed Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am, the only two judges with spaces on their teams, did not turn their chairs for her, but said she had not been happy with her performance.
“My nerves got the best of me so I was a bit shaky in places, but I’m proud of what I did and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity,” said Charlotte, who studied Music Practice at Nescot and won Nescot's Got Talent in November.
“If I had the choice I would have joined Rita Ora’s team. She’s amazing – I love her voice, but meeting her was incredible because she was just so nice and so supportive.”
Charlotte left the college to pursue a career in the industry, and is currently working with a London-based music company, planning live shows and writing and recording new material.
Saturday’s show was the last of the ‘blind’ auditions, and Charlotte was the third from last contestant to perform, with only two spaces left on the judges’ teams.
Rita Ora told Charlotte: “It was an incredible performance, and your tone was impeccably clear.” Sir Tom told her she had a ‘lovely voice’, and Ricky Wilson said the performance was ‘truly lovely’.
Will.i.am told Charlotte there were ‘moments of awesomeness’ but also ‘some stumble moments’. All four judges told her the show had represented a ‘stepping stone’ for her.
Famous names to tweet Charlotte their support include Becky Hill and Marvin Humes, and hundreds of views took to social media to express their surprise and dismay she hadn't got through to the next round.
Charlotte, who was supported at the audition by her boyfriend and nine family members all wearing ‘Team Charlotte’ T-shirts, filmed the audition several months ago and had to keep the outcome under wraps.
“Not being able to tell people was really hard, so I was glad when the audition finally aired,” she said.
“People have been really positive and supportive – to read these lovely comments on Twitter from people who don’t even know has been amazing, I’ve been blown away.”
Tutor Pete Gofton said: “Ever since she started her course we’ve known that Charlotte has talent. She has something very special, and we’re really proud of her. We know she’s going to be a success.”