I tried, I failed and I made a fool of myself

2010-07-25 10:07

Soprano Tracey Lee Paich (22) made

her entrance on the Idols stage last Sunday on a bass note.

It was a deep, dark “note”. And now she is famous for her singing

from the rear, not the front.

A video version of Paich’s audition drew a record number of viewers

on YouTube this week.

“I didn’t know that I am ­famous now,” she said. “After the

incident I ignored my email and the internet.”

Paich said her Idols audition was a failure because her nerves were

shot and because she had laryngitis two months ago.

“This damaged my vocal

chords. But I wanted to sing for Randall Abrahams (an Idols judge). I wanted him

to tell me what I can do to improve my singing.”

Abrahams was not impressed with the sounds that came out of her

mouth. But Gareth Cliff, 5fm DJ, enjoyed Paich’s audition very much.

When the

bass note hit him, he said: “Its okay. We all fart when we are nervous.”

She replied: “I apologise, I am nervous.” But the fart wasn’t

­Paich’s only problem during her TV debut.

When she walked onto the stage, her

stilettos slipped and she narrowly escaped landing on her behind.

She started her performance with LeAnn Rimes’s song, How Do I Live,

but that wasn’t planned, she said.

“I wanted to sing Aint no Sunshine. But then

(after the slip and fart) I sang the first thing that came into my head.”

Paich said she will never in her life forget the No?162 (her

audition number).

After the judges gave her the thumbs down, this number fell

off her chest and landed on the stage. She almost fell again, trying to pick it


Her dreams of a singing career had not been killed by the judges’

criticism, said Paich.

“I tried, I failed, and I made a fool of myself. But I

believe I have talent and can sing.

And I am not going to stop before I taste


Next week she will try her luck, again, in the Cape Town audition

round of SA’s Got Talent.

“This time the stilettos will stay at home, I will close my eyes

and pretend I am in the shower.”

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