A Burlesque singer with a heart of gold is being mentored by Black Eyed Peas’ sensation will.i.am.
Pendle performer Kiki de Ville wowed the American superstar when she took to the stage for her Blind Audition on BBC’s The Voice.
The singer, who sang Paloma Faith’s “Stone Cold Sober”, left all four celebrity judges on the edge of their seats, and entertained the crowds with her vivacious and bubbly personality.
The whirlwind talent from West Craven had previously auditioned for the hit show, but having celebrated a milestone birthday and grown in confidence she feels that she is now more ready to have “one last crack” at stardom.
Kiki (40), who holds singing classes throughout the week at Nelson’s Sanderson Dance and Fitness, said: “It would be amazing just to show what I’m capable of.
“I am really, really grateful for all the support, and I look forward to being able to do a lot more stuff around Pendle, and get out in the local community.
“Everyone treats you so well [on The Voice], and my favourite part of the experience is definitely getting my hair and make-up done.
“Will.i.am has been in the industry a really long time, and he just gets it. Getting to work with a man who is so incredibly talented is an absolute blast.”
Originally from Melbourne, Kiki moved to live in America where she worked as a blues singer. She met her future husband Chris while in West Hollywood, and has been an adopted “Lancashire Lass” ever since.
She has lived in Earby for 10 years, and is currently having a house built on Cemetery Road.
The performer, who is inspired by Old Hollywood, hopes that her appearance on the popular programme will also boost the profile of two charities close to her heart.
She hopes to raise awareness of Derian House, Chorley, where her terminally ill son Dexter was supported until his death in 2007. He was just four weeks old, having been diagnosed with the rare congenital disorder Zellweger Syndrome.
Kiki, a parent ambassador for the charity, will also work closely with Together For Short Lives, who help children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions.
She added: “This is a fantastic part of the healing process for me, and it is really important I can help raise awareness. We were very fortunate to have somebody like Derian House there for us.”
The mum to Ario (5), Paris (17) and Alec (22), has also promised to bring some more of her “comedy genius” to our screens, and says she will come out fighting in the upcoming Battle Rounds.
The final round of Blind Auditions takes place on BBC One tomorrow at 7pm.
When each judge has a final 12, the competition will start in earnest the following weekend.