So So Gay caught up with ‘Musical Theatre Icon’ Kerry Ellis at the 2012 Olivier Theatre Awards
What have you been up to since filming on The Voice?
I have been quite busy, I have my own show on Radio 2 which I am really excited for and I am doing War of the Worlds at the end of the year. Then I have more music coming out this Summer, before I start work on even more music.
So looking back to your Voice audition… any regrets?
No, none at all. This industry is heavily about exposure, and it never stops, you have to keep taking those opportunities, good ones or bad ones and I took it and I am on to different things now, which is fabulous.
At the end of the day I got to perform infront of the nation, millions of viewers. Your career never stops, you have to keep going, you have to keep putting yourself out there, and it was an opportunity, I took it and I don’t regret it.
I think there were a lot of people from Musical Theatre who put themselves forward for The Voice, and because it was something new, people were just taking the initiative to get involved.
Will Young, who allegedly was set to be a coach on the show, has a background in Musical Theatre. Do you think your audition would have gone differently if he was on the panel?
Perhaps because he has a background in Musical Theatre, but I really didn’t think about it too much, it wasn’t a detailed thought process, it was a long time ago now that it was filmed anyway. Since then I have recorded a new album with Brian May, so a lot has happened since The Voice was filmed.
There were rumours in the press that contestants were receiving coaching prior to auditions.. Any truth to this?
I think all contestants on The Voice had different input and practice before then, obviously I have had coaching all my career technically. Again, it was a very quick process for me, others might have had prior coaching but not for me. Everyone had a different experience.
So you’ve been working with Brian May loads recently, he collaborated with Dappy recently – what did you think of that? Who would you love to work with in the future?
It was so funny! How strange! I got to work with Barry Manilow when he was in the UK last year, which was incredible. Who knows, maybe I will collaborate with Dappy on the new album! I could ask Brian to hook us up.
A lot of people first got to know you through Wicked. Do you still get a lot of fans tweet you about that?
Wicked is phenomenally successful, a true credit to the fans. I saw the cast here earlier and I really hope they do well.
Tickets to see Kerry Ellis live in War Of The Worlds are available online from HMV