SARAH Valentine is Warrandyte’s musical pride and joy. The 22-year-old wedding singer is a regular on Warrandyte’s main street and, in recent times, a regular on hundreds of thousands of TV screens in living rooms across the country.
Sarah’s just wrapped filming for Channel Nine’s The Voice, the hottest reality singing show on Australian television. As Sarah tells the Diary, there’s a big difference between busking at the local market and recording a TV performance watched by over a million people.
“My experience on The Voice was not what I expected it would be. I didn’t think that I’d get very far—but it just kept going and working in my favour,” Sarah said.
It’s been a wild ride for Sarah, who travelled between Sydney and Melbourne for months to film the fourth season of the show. Her blind audition has racked up tens of thousands of views and The Voice regularly tops the ratings, boasting over a million viewers every night. But it’s not all glitz and glamour, and Sarah assures the Diary that so much more goes on behind the scenes compared with what we see on our screens.
“The TV world is very different to anything I expected. The power of editing is second to none. It sur- prised me a lot,” she said.
“I’d done about seven auditions prior to even getting to audition in front of the coaches. One day, they took 10 hours to audition eight peo- ple. It’s crazy!”
Despite all the waiting, long hours, nerves and sitting around in hair and make-up, Sarah wouldn’t change a thing.
“It was very, very intense. But I loved every minute of it.”
The community of people working on the show ended up feeling like family for Sarah.
“Your backstage crew are the people that you latch onto. They’re the ones that show you the most support,” she told the Diary.
“I loved my stylist. She gave me the most amazing outfits—I remember coming out of the wardrobe each time and everyone else would say ‘Oh, Sarah’s got the best outfit again’. You literally feel like a rock star. It’s so awesome.”
So, what is it like working with the Madden Brothers? Are they as cool, calm and collected, as they seem on TV?
“They were so great. Their strength was setting the atmosphere and making it a relaxed environment. They treat you like friends. You’d never feel like there’s a status difference and they don’t act like celebrities—they talk to you like they would their pals.”
Sarah cites the support from her family and friends as one of the best parts of the experience and the support from her local Warrandyte community as “second to none.”
“I actually posted on the Facebook about my audition and everyone was commenting and wishing me luck.
“It was like ‘Team Sarah!’ and ‘Team Warrandyte!’ It was so cool.
“A week after I got booted from the show, I did a busking gig at the Warrandyte market. It was so great to interact with people who had followed my journey just because I was from Warrandyte, like I became their pride and joy. I loved that and I soaked it all up!”
What’s next for Sarah?
“I’m doing some gigs and the moment. I got a lot of work and traction from the show. I think next for me though is writing some songs and releasing an EP,” Sarah told the Diary.
She might not be on our TV screens any more, but one thing is for sure: you certainly haven’t heard the last of Sarah Valentine.