A teenage singer says she would change nothing about her attempts to win over TV talent show judges despite not making the cut.
Jenny Jones, 18, appeared on the first episode of singing contest The Voice when it relaunched on ITV on Saturday.
Performing in front of a crowd of hundreds in a studio audience and millions of TV viewers, the teaching assistant from Connah's Quay hoped to bag a place in one of the teams led by Sir Tom Jones, Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, Gavin Rossdale and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am.
But despite giving it her all, the teenager wasn’t able to claim support from the blind auditions.
Reflecting on the performance, Jenny told the Leader: “It was crazy but the best experience ever.
“I would not change anything about that day as it has made me a stronger person from it.
“I was very disappointed but I knew I just needed to get on with it and it gave me so much motivation.”
Jenny, who began singing when she was six when her mum first gave her a microphone, was spurred on to apply for the show by her boyfriend Jack Cartwright.
She told the show she “busks and gig whenever I can”, adding: “I never want to stop doing it.”
She said: “My boyfriend actually encouraged me to apply for it and he pushed me into going for it and took time off his job to take me to the auditions.”
Joined at the studio by Jack, her mum and dad, grandparents and brother, Jenny performed Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman.
Hudson was shown as saying “she’s good” as Jenny sang.
But Sir Tom was later spotted grimacing at aspects of her performance, although he later admitted it had been a “close” call.
Hudson said Jenny just “failed to hit the climax” of her song.
Despite not making it through, Jenny still made time to watch back her efforts on the show.
She said: “It was so weird.
“WhenI got aired on Saturday night, it didn’t feel real and I couldn’t get my head around it.”
Speaking after not getting a chair, she told the ITV show: “I’m very disappointed but that’s the way it is isn’t it?”
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