It was a spur of the moment kind-of thing. I was mindlessly scrolling through social media, acknowledging everyone else’s good news and achievements, and there it was. ‘Could you be the next winner of The Voice UK 2019?’ (or something along those lines anyway, you know how it is, “do you have what it takes?”). To be honest, I really don’t sing often nowadays; it wasn’t something I felt I was destined to do, but in that moment I thought I’d give it a bash. I sent in a snippet video of me covering a song. And would you believe I got an audition?


Yesterday, taking nothing but myself, I made my way to the hotel that they were holding the auditions in. I was a nervous wreck. When I arrived there was a bunch of people queued up outside, waiting to go in, and I joined them. The girl in front of me looked nervous, of similar age as me, so I said hello and asked her name. We hit it off right away. Then another girl asked to join us and the three of us stuck together for a good hour or so  until we were took to ‘the holding room’. Chatting away to these two lovely girls really helped to calm my nerves. I was glad to have met them (we have exchanged details and followed one another on social media – as you do – so we can stay in touch)!


I had to leave my new found friends when I was called away in the first group; myself and about 13 other individuals were taken in to another room where we would each sing acapella for 60 seconds each, in the middle of a semi-circle, in front of a vocal coach and another woman (who told us that once Simon Cowell’s dog pissed on her leg. True story apparently). There was a really competitive atmosphere in the room, which I guess was to be expected considered we were all auditioning for a talent show, but damn my nerves were out of control. I was shaking. I was sweating profusely. And I knew I was going to sing like shit. 

I was towards the end, the other people got called before me, and they all absolutely aced it. Each and every one of the people in my group were extremely talented and blew my mind. I sat there (contemplating making a quick escape from the room) until I heard ‘Charlene’ being called. I think my  heart fell out of my chest a little. I hesitantly made my way to the awkward ‘T’ in the middle of the semi circle, that we were told to stand on, and I opened my mouth. The words came out but the voice that came with it was not my own. I did not sound like myself one little bit. I was shaky and nervous and way out of my comfort zone and to be perfectly honest I just needed it to be over. I rushed my audition and I rushed out of there, back to the comfort of my home and my bed, and asked myself why I put myself through all that?

In a weird way, I’m glad I did it, I’ve gained an experience. I’ve put myself out there. I sang in front of people for the first time in years (even though it absolutely sucked). I went there by myself and challenged myself. I did it. I now know that kind of thing isn’t for me – had I not went I would always have wondered what if? 

I went to an audition for The Voice UK and I’ve never even watched the show. I’ve seen clips on social media and on YouTube and I thought ‘I could maybe do that’ but little did I know there were like 5 auditions before the actual ‘blind audition’. It was a bit bedlam and I’m glad it’s over but I want to wish everyone the very best of luck that auditioned from Glasgow, do us proud, I’m rooting for you all! 

Have you ever watched The Voice? Would you ever go to an audition for something? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time,

Charlene McElhinney






Email: charlenemcelhinney@icloud.com









  1. June 12, 2018 / 4:20 am

    GIRL you just keep smashing it! 🙏🏻💓 Even if it didn’t go exactly how you’d hoped…it’s still super amazing you went out of your comfort zone and did something like that! So pleased for you xx


  2. June 12, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    That’s absolutely amazing that you even auditioned! I literally can’t even speak in front of 4 people, let alone sing! (I can’t sing anyway). You should be really proud of yourself for just giving it a go. I’ve heard you sing from clips you’ve shared – I loved your cover of Wake Me Up 🙂 xxx

  3. June 13, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    I’m so proud of you for doing this! Even if it didn’t go as you planned the fact is you did it – it’s a great experience that will build you in character! Well done once again x x x

  4. June 17, 2018 / 5:14 pm

    Well done for stepping out of your comfort zone gal! What a great experience. I auditioned for BGT in 2012 and sang “Streets of London” and I panicked and sounded nothing like myself! It was such a fun day though! Can’t believe you had to sing with a group, at BGT, it was just me in front of the producers and a camera man! Bloody well done you xxx

  5. I think going to the audition in itself was a huge step! Lots of people get nervous before things like this and its difficult because getting anxy and nervous which will impact your voice. It’s great that you went and if nothing else, you’ll know what to expect next time! Well done you – that took real guts!
    Kate x

  6. June 19, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Well done girl! I know how challenging that would have been for you and I’m so happy you stepped out of your comfort zone and went for it! Really proud blogger sister right here, hehe!

    Tabitha xx | whattabithaloves.co.uk

  7. June 23, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Well done for doing it; it certainly is an experience! And I once read that this makes people better writers…

  8. July 6, 2018 / 6:39 am

    It’s so brave of you auditioning. I remember every single music performance I had to do terrified me! Well done to you for auditioning and giving it a go. It’s a great experience.

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