Yatton singing teacher appearing as judge on Sky One talent show

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 October 2017

The judges with Cat Deeley.

The judges with Cat Deeley.

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A North Somerset woman has been casting her verdict on performers in her role as a judge on a Sky One singing contest.

The judges. Rachel Mason, second from left.The judges. Rachel Mason, second from left.

Rachel Mason, who lives in Yatton, was chosen to appear as one of five judges on Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, presented by Cat Deeley.

During the seven-week run, 30 groups perform a cappella in the hope of being chosen to record an album and release a Christmas single.

Rachel, aged 36, was asked to be a judge owing to her judging work at The Voice Festival, an a cappella competition in the UK.

She said: “It has all be absolutely wonderful and everyone was fantastic to work with.

“Cat Deeley is the kindest, most generous person and was so supportive.”

Radio Times has described the five expert judges as ‘big figures in the world of music’, but the invite from Sky came out of the blue just two months after Rachel had given birth to her baby Layla

She said: “It was quite surreal. I had my eight-week-old baby in my arms and I got this email which said ‘you are exactly what we want for the judges’.”

Rachel was not sure it was the right time as her baby Layla was so young, but the producers invited the whole family to stay in a hotel during the filming, including husband Tom.

Rachel Mason. Picture: Julie LovegroveRachel Mason. Picture: Julie Lovegrove

Rachel’s background includes being a show choir director in North Somerset for a number of years, and running Winscombe Community Choir.

She is also a singing teacher and involved in the Amplify choir.

She knew of some of her fellow judges before she signed up, and knowing how experienced they are prompted her to get involved.

Rachel said: “We are all very different and come from different backgrounds in the music world.

“We cover most aspects of music between us.

“We comment on the performances and explain why we have scored a certain way.

“We score on the voice, musicality, interpretation and performance.”

A number of music acts including The Vamps, Midge Ure, Imelda May and JP Cooper also performed on the show, all singing a cappella.

The show has been nominated for a National Television Award in the talent show category.

It is shown on Sky One on Friday nights at 9pm and will finish on November 17.

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