28 January 2016
Electricity apprentice, Sammy-Jo Evans, is performing to an audience of millions this weekend on BBC One’s The Voice.
Sammy-Jo, 18, who lives in Collier Row, Romford, is training with UK Power Networks to be an electrical fitter at Stansted Airport - building, maintaining and repairing electricity substations.
She was one of 100 singers selected from 40,000 hopefuls to appear in the blind auditions before celebrity mentors will.i.am, Ricky Wilson, Paloma Faith and Boy George. To see whether any of the red chairs turned for Sammy-Jo viewers need to watch the show this Saturday (January 30), at 7.45pm.
She said: “I don’t want to spoil the show by giving away what happened but in my audition I sang Juke Box Blues from my favourite film, Walk the Line. Although I can sing any genre, I specialise in country music which is what I would like to do if I made it in the music industry. will.i.am was really nice and said he didn’t expect a voice like that from someone so young. Ricky came on stage and gave me a hug and Paloma encouraged me to write my own music.”
Sammy-Jo started her training with UK Power Networks in 2014. She said: “The company offered a good career path and it was something very different and interesting compared to what I did before. Previously I was training to be in musical theatre, so singing, dancing and acting, which is definitely not as dirty and mucky, but I've loved my new engineering role. It is a good feeling when power is restored on some electrical equipment which we’ve either repaired or maintained.
“Singing is my dream though and I will keep trying with that at the same time.”