In the Glasgow Evening Times on Thursday 29th it is revealed that Kate has sent a message of support to the 16-year-old Scot, Jaclyn Bell, who will be impersonating her in the grand final of Stars in their Eyes Kids: “Kate was so impressed by Barrhead High School pupil Jaclyn Bell’s version of her hit, Wuthering Heights, that she took time out from recording her latest album to reveal she will be watching the show on Saturday. Kate said: “I am flattered Jaclyn chose to perform one of my songs. She was wonderful and I really hope she wins. “I will be watching and voting for her and send her all my support.” Jaclyn, who has been singing since she was two, decided to be Kate Bush after being inspired by her mum’s record collection. The teenager said: “Kate’s message has made me even more determined to win. I hope I impress her.” In another article in The Express it is reported that: “Singer Kate Bush has given her backing to a schoolgirl who will be imitating her in the final of Stars in their Eyes Kids. The singer predicted: “I’m sure she’ll reach her own Wuthering Heights.” The diva was so impressed by Jaclyn Bell’s amazing version of her famous hit that she took time out from recording to send her a message of support for the big night. Kate also said she will be glued to her TV on Saturday as Jaclyn, 16, takes to the stage alongside classmate Ashley McCullagh, who has made the final as Shania Twain. Incredibly the two finalists live close to each other, are the same age and in the same classes at Barrhead High School, Renfrewshire.” They also mention that Kate is busy recording her album. A previous contestant on the show who sang Kate’s Babooshka, Louise Halliday, was given the original Babooshka video cloak as a gift from Kate. (thanks to bigstripeybrian and also to Michael Leitz) The live final of Stars In Their Eyes is at 6.30pm ITV in the UK today, 31st May.
Update: From the Glasgow Evening Times, UK – 2 June 2003: “New Scots TV stars get heroes’ welcome. Jaclyn Bell and Ashley McCullagh might have missed out on the top prize when they appeared in the Stars in Their Eyes Kids live final on TV. The 16-year-olds came in third and fifth out of nine contestants in the live final on Saturday night. Jaclyn stunned the audience with her rendition of Kate Bush’s hit single Wuthering Heights. And after her performance she was in tears when presenter Cat Deeley handed her a 1978 platinum disc and hand-written note from Kate Bush. Jaclyn, who came in third place with 77,745 votes, said: “It was just amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. “I was so shocked when they gave me the platinum disc, I hadn’t expected anything and it was the best compliment to have her backing.” See also April 19th news on Jaclyn.
An amazing performance at any age!