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Kirsten Joy from Walderslade, Chatham hopes to sing for Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria

By Clare Freeman

A singer-songwriter from Medway is hoping to follow in the footsteps of superstar Celine Dion as Switzerland’s entry for Eurovision 2015.

Kirsten Joy from Walderslade has entered the Swiss contest for next year’s competition.

Celine Dion shot to fame after winning Eurovision 1988 for Switzerland with the song Ne partez pas sans moi (Don’t Leave Without Me).

Kirsten is hoping to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna. Picture: Matthew Joseph.
Kirsten is hoping to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna. Picture: Matthew Joseph.

The former Rochester Grammar School pupil said: “It was never something I’d planned on doing, but it’s a good opportunity to raise my profile and if I get through I think it will be an amazing experience and a launch pad for me as an artist.”

Kirsten, 27, now lives in London and her song, One Life, has been written by producer Ramzi and writer Beth Gore.

She faces a public vote and then two selection rounds before she finds out if she will be singing in Vienna in 2015.

With her mum, Phillipa Gill at the fifth Anniversary Ball for Curves gym, Maidstone.
With her mum, Phillipa Gill at the fifth Anniversary Ball for Curves gym, Maidstone.

The public vote closes on November 17 and the number of votes cast are being kept secret until then.

Kirsten is used to the pressure of singing competitions, having taken part in the first series of The Voice in 2012 when she was picked to be on Jessie J’s team.

Since being knocked out of the show in the battle rounds, Kirsten has been busy writing for herself and other artists, as well as performing backing vocals for Rita Ora and Leona Lewis.

Kirsten was on Jessie J's team in the first series of The Voice. Picture: Guy Levy BBC.
Kirsten was on Jessie J's team in the first series of The Voice. Picture: Guy Levy BBC.

Japanese girl group, GEM, have just recorded and released the single, Do You Believe?, written by Kirsten and Georgie Dennis. Kirsten released her own EP Written in the Sky in 2013.

With musical talent running in the family, her younger brother Matt Gill is backing her all the way.

Matt, DJ and promoter for Source Bar, Maidstone said: “I’m very proud of everything Kirsten’s achieved in her career so far, and I think this would be a great opportunity for her to share her talent to an even bigger audience”.

She can also be heard on the trailer for a new Christmas comedy, Get Santa starring Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall and Kit Connor.

Vote for Kirsten here.

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