Quirky and individual, Ciara Cox, 29, looks every bit the star
that she hopes to become. However, as she told DIVA, "it's hard
enough to get support on a show like this when you're not a
mainstream looking act".
The show she mentions is The Voice of Ireland, which Ciara hopes
to succeed on, following a "gut instinct" that told her to apply,
once she'd "grown some balls" to do so, as she puts it. "That, and
my mother said she would never listen to a word I sang again if I
didn't do it!" she adds.
The Voice hopeful tells us she is from an island town called
Enniskillen in N.I and has been singing in bands for about 12 years
although she's adamant that "the first couple of years shouldn't
count - they were bloody awful". We find this hard to believe
though, as, if you watch her Blind Audition on The Voice, it's
clear to see that this girl has talent. Her voice is smooth and
powerful as she belts out Cowboy Casanova, this combined with her
edgy, non-mainstream look of short curly hair (similar to Emeli
Sande's, who Ciara says is "rocking her world" at the moment -
she's also a fan of Bonnie Raitt) and denim outfit ensured that
coach Sharon Corr selected Ciara for her team, stating that she has
"more than huge potential" in the show.
In spite of her obvious talent, Ciara told DIVA that she does
"think it's harder to succeed on mainstream shows like The Voice
when you don't look mainstream. You may be remembered for it, but
that doesn't mean the general public will pick up the phone to
vote". That said, Ciara told us that the support she's received
from the LGBT community so far has "been unreal". It's probably
quite a big deal for her too; although she says she is "not a fan
of the word 'Lesbian'" (or the word 'Viking', for that matter, she
adds), she does define herself as gay.
Check out her Blind Audition video below and watch this space.
You only have to look at Ciara or hear her voice to know that she
is going to be B.I.G.
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