Once compared to popular singer Kathy Kirby, this grandmother aims to turn heads on TV show ‘The Voice’ after being called back for a second audition.
After hearing about ‘The Voice’ auditions in a Gazette article, Kay Paul, grandmother of two, leapt at the chance to perform on the hit BBC show.
The retired cabaret singer said: “I haven’t been on the stage for many years, but after reading the column I went down the Galleon Bar in Blackpool.
“I belted out Abba’s ‘Money, Money, Money’ and I brought the place down! I felt about 21 again.”
Kay, 75, worked in a record shop as an 18-year-old before her life in the spotlight began.
After singing in various pubs and clubs, Kay decided to take her talents to the next level. She was soon booking spots in venues across the UK, sharing the stage with acts such as The Dallas Boys and Dusty Springfield.
In her early 20s, Kay recalls performing at a club in Eccles, Greater Manchester, where she rubbed shoulders with a young Tom Jones who sang the soon to be international hit, ‘It’s Not Unusual’.
She said: “He was a stunner back then, all the girls used to throw their knickers on him.”
Kay even performed at Royal Navy bases in Portsmouth and was due to travel to the US to sing for the American Air Force before she found out she was pregnant.
Her son, Mark, is now 49 with two sons of his own, Matthew and Ryan, who are both in their late 20s.
She added: “If I do get on ‘The Voice’ it would be for my grandsons.
“It’d be lovely to see Tom again. But he might not remember me because I never threw my knickers at him!”
Kay, originally from Salford, moved to Blackpool to buy a guest house when she retired at 45, but has since moved to Cleveleys. However, the dynamic blonde hasn’t lost her verve for life.
She added: “For the last 12 months, I have organised a coffee afternoon for 60 to 70-year-olds every Wednesday at the Tramway in Cleveleys.
“We’re there from 2pm to 4pm where we organise trips out and coach holidays.
“There’s 17 of us altogether, and the more the merrier!”
If Kay wins over the producers a second time, there’s a chance she could appear on the stage of the popular talent show. She added: “I cant retire, even at 75. So watch this space, here comes Blackpool’s answer to Susan Boyle!”