North Somerset choir leader selected as a judge on Sky talent show Sing: Ultimate A Cappella

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 October 2017

The judges. Rachel Mason, second from left.

The judges. Rachel Mason, second from left.

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A singing teacher has been hand-picked by TV producers to appear as a judge on a talent contest currently being shown on Sky.

Rachel Mason, from Yatton, is one of five judges on Sky One’s Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, presented by Cat Deeley.

Over seven weeks, groups compete to win the chance to record an album and release a Christmas single, but there are no backing tracks so there is nowhere to hide.

Radio Times described the five expert judges as ‘big figures in the world of music’, and Rachel, aged 36, was selected as one of them.

She has been a judge at The Voice Festival, an a cappella competition in the UK, and it is this which prompted Sky producers to get in touch with her.

The judges with Cat Deeley.The judges with Cat Deeley.

Rachel 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 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.”

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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