A TALENTED Limavady teen who made it to the Six Chair Challenge of ‘X Factor’ before being sent home has described her journey as the best experience of her life.
Chloe McAllister received a standing ovation following her emotional performance on the popular music show which aired on Sunday, August 23.
The 18-year-old stunned the hit TV show’s judges by singing a powerful rendition of ‘Say you love me’ by Jessie Ware with her own accompaniment on piano.
Following her appearance on the show, aspiring singer, Chloe, described it as an experience she will never forget.
She told the Northern Constitution: “It was amazing and very emotional – it can play with your head a little bit because its not a normal thing , you have to try and not look at everyone else and compare yourself because every artist is different.”
She continued: “One thing that Simon said to us is don’t try to make it look too perfect because not everything will go perfect on stage and that stuck with me because I'm such a perfectionist - I’ve learned a lot of things and it's just been unreal.”
Recalling her audition when all four judges agreed on a ‘yes,’ Chloe commented:
“I said to myself, what is going on because it's what you see on TV.
“I have always watched the show and I never expected myself to be standing there doing what I saw on TV.
“It's the weirdest thing but it's probably the least nervous I've ever been because whenever you step on the stage that’s it, it’s started, so I really didn’t have time to get nervous.
“I was playing the piano too and I didn't want to mess that up either so I just kept myself calm.
“It was surreal, I will never forget it.”
According to the gifted Limavady teenager, music has always been a massive part of her life.
“I've always been interested in it and I can’t remember not being,” said Chloe.
“Also, my granda, Geoffrey Madden, plays the guitar so I was always around music growing up.”
As a past pupil of Limavady High School, Chloe was influenced by her music teacher, Mrs Birch who introduced her to the piano and in turn, was amazed by the youngsters singing voice.
“She was my form teacher and my music teacher so when I saw her playing the piano, I thought to myself, ‘wow I love this’,” admits Chloe.
“Whenever I was about 11, I got a little keyboard and I learned by ear – I listened to music and whatever song came on, I just tried to play it and that's how I learned.”
No stranger to live performances, Chloe was crowned the winner of the Voice Limavady in 2016, hosted by Hope Limavady Summer Camp, where she battled it out against 12 other local music acts to receive the remarkable title.
Following her achievement, Chloe was given the opportunity to perform at Stendhal, the multi-award winning music and Arts Festival, where she sang the following year.
Additionally, the Limavady songstress, also has her own YouTube account where she has attained a remarkable 5000 subscribers so far, who tune in to watch videos of Chloe singing a range of covers by various artists.
According to proud mother, Glenda, who accompanied Chloe on her first audition and who also appeared on the show, said she was “thrilled” for her daughter, despite being sent home.
She told the Northern Constitution: “She did really well and portrayed herself in a good light – Chloe was truly just herself.
“She has only started to play the piano and sing within the past few years – Chloe never would have done the two together but now she has the confidence to do it.”
Glenda continued: “Chloe has the most positive outlook – she's absolutely amazing and she's such a determined person who won’t let anything stand in her way.”
From her first meeting with Chloe at the tender age of 11, Mrs Birch said she knew the youngster was extremely gifted.
“From the day she started in year eight we knew she was a special talent.
“The whole way through school we got her involved in everything and she grew and developed throughout the seven years.
She added: “Chloe did GCSE and A level music and she was in my form class so she was never out of the music room – she was somebody who was always such a big part of the school and it was fantastic to see her on the show.
“She was involved anytime we had a play or a concert or special assemblies, both inside and outside of school - Chloe would have given up her time and come along to sing.
“At school, we are all immensely proud of her, we think she is brilliant and we know that she will go far in life.”
Since appearing on the X Factor, Chloe is now pursuing her career dreams as a student at BIMM (The British and Irish Modern Music Institute) in London.
Chloe and her family would like to extend their appreciation and thank the Limavady community for all their support.