Singer Emma Wright hopes she will be on the Edge Of Glory after wowing TV audiences this weekend.
The 23-year-old was one of the acts on Saturday night’s Harry Hill’s Stars In Their Eyes – appearing as whacky popstress Lady Gaga and winning on the night thanks to her stunning performance.
Emma sings locally at venues including Viva and Ma Kellys, and spotted a flyer for the return of the popular show in a pub.
But it was her mum who eventually entered her for the show, which sees singers transformed to become their pop idols, as she kept forgetting about it.
Emma’s plan was to, hopefully, appear as Christina Aguilera, but when she went for the audition they told her another singer was already signed up to be the Beautiful star.
“Christina is my idol,” former Highfield High pupil Emma, who also works in Clarks shoes at Marton, said. “And people tell me I sound like her.
“I sang Ain’t No Other Man, but someone had done that already, so I mentioned that I could do Gaga.”
After an extra audition, via Skype, Emma was selected and made the plans to perform Edge Of Glory, a track she chose to really showcase the best of Lady Gaga’s – and her own – vocals.
“Lady Gaga doesn’t always show her voice off to the best because she sings so much pop, but when you see her live she’s amazing,” Emma added.
“It was a huge transformation, and everyone was really shocked when they saw me come back out, as Gaga.
“It was a really big production number, I had eight dancers all behind me and a huge train attached to me at the side of the stage, which looked so good.”
Emma, who lives in Lytham, had a previous taste of TV fame when she auditioned for The X Factor in 2011. After wowing the judges, she made it to the bootcamp stage of the competition.
But she has spoken in the past of her disappointment in the way contestants were treated, especially being thrown out at bootcamp before even getting another chance to sing.
This time, however, she was much happier with the experience, and hopes to build a new element to her repertoire thanks to the exposure from the show.
“There was a lot less pressure, and I knew I wouldn’t be treated horribly like at X Factor,” she said.
“They were such a nice team and treated me like a queen.
“It was just a bit of fun, nothing serious, and you know you’re never going to be told you’re awful.
“At the moment, I sing any artist from the 60s up to today, but I’m looking to do a Gaga tribute and am getting the costumes and dancers together – there’s quite a bit of money to be made in tribute work.
“I really go for it when I sing Lady Gaga in my sets, but I guess I needed the kick to do something with it.”