Singer excited to fly the flag for Portsmouth in TV debut

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A Local starlet is planning to singing her way to £50,000.

Tomorrow night, Portsmouth’s own Rachael Hawnt will be belting her heart out in front of the nation in a bid to make it through to the next round of ‘All Together Now’.

Created by the BBC, the talent show’s fourth episode airs tomorrow evening at 7.15pm on BBC1. You’ll have to tune in to find out whether Rachael gets a top spot.

The full time vocal coach and singer from Southsea said: ‘I kept deleting the email the BBC sent me because I thought it was a scam. They contacted me four times before I realised it was a legitimate offer!’

‘They asked if I’d be interested in auditioning for the show and I initially said no. I’ve seen lots of shows like this before and they can often be quite sad and downbeat’

‘As I got to learn more about the series and what it entails, I thought I’d give it a go. It’s not everyday a Pompey girl gets a chance like this!’

All Together Now sees hopeful contestants perform in front of 100 professionals from the music industry.

In tomorrow’s episode, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell will lead the moguls. The audience must stand up if they feel the performer is good enough to go through to the next round.

The final two contenders with the highest votes will compete in a sing-off to reach the next stage.

Rachael said: ‘It’s a hell of a lot of fun. It’s a traditional family show and something I love being a part of. I was very nervous but it was worth the nerves.’

Rachael started singing professionally at the age of 14. Since then she has worked with the likes of Bonnie Tyler, Pixie Lott, Tony Hadley and Will Young.

Last year, she headlined at Victorious festival. Her vocal talent has received glowing testimonials from Jools Holland and Simon Cowell.

Rachael said: ‘I’ve sang in the city for years and still do my regular events at the Jolly Sailor in Southsea. It’s my hometown and I love it.’

‘I’ll be waving the flag for Portsmouth!’