Hollie Steel and mum Nina today appeared on STV on “The Hour” show, presented by Stephen Jardine and Michelle McManus.
Here is a direct link to the segment that contains Hollie: click here. Hollie’s segment is in part 4. The interview is available on the STV player for the next 30 days to UK viewers only for copyright reasons. However, Pamela from STV has contacted me to let me know that STV have also made stand alone videos of Hollie’s chat and performance and there will be articles accompanying these videos. I will add a link to the videos and articles once it is available.
Michelle McManus at the start of the interview referred to Hollie as the “little girl with a big voice”. She pointed out that this year’s BGT auditions are starting this Saturday, and Hollie replied that the past year had gone by really quickly for her.
Of course, Hollie was asked about the semi-final where she forgot the words to Edelweiss, and Nina talked about how she ran down to “rescue” Hollie. Nina was asked if she thought that the age limit should be raised to 18 for contestants, and Nina pointed out, quite rightly, that children wouldn’t perform if they didn’t love it. She emphasised that Hollie got upset because she went wrong, not because she didn’t want to sing. Hollie loves singing!
Hollie was asked about how she was treated on the BGT show, and she confirmed that she was well looked after. She had a lady with her who played games and looked after her. Nina said that the competition had been a stepping stone in Hollie’s career, as she aspired to be like Kathryn Jenkins.
Hollie was then asked about the BGT tour – where she had to have a tutor – and whilst she found it fun, she did miss out on the annual holiday that her school go on. When asked about her forthcoming album, Hollie said that making it had been “really fun and really exciting” and that yes, she chose all the songs and made a song with her dad, Jason.
As a finale and finishing off The Hour, Hollie gave an amazing rendition of Nessun Dorma. When asked why she wanted to sing Nessun Dorma, Hollie replied that it’s a powerful song and she really likes it.
Hollie will be appearing on STV (Scottish TV) this Wednesday, at around tea time. David is going to try and record the programme as he is in Scotland – sadly I won’t get to see it first hand as the North East doesn’t get STV.
Jeff has just posted that the show on STV is called “The Hour” and airs from 5-6pm. I checked out the STV website and it looks like we’ll be able to watch the transmission on the STV player. Yay!
In other news, during our chat session yesterday, Hollie mentioned that she would like a crystal encrusted microphone. I think it would go well with her sparkly leotard and tiara.
The photos at the top of this post were all posted during Sunday’s chat session. I think you have seen the one of Hollie with her dog Sasha before, but the other two are new – one is of Hollie and Josh looking “real kool” and the other shows Hollie with a lovely snowman.
And finally, not that I like to drop names or anything, but I’m going to see the Family Steel this Saturday – so if you have any questions about Hollie that you’d like answering, leave a comment under this post and I’ll see what I can do
An article about Hollie Steel appears in today’s Daily Star newspaper.
In the article, Nina talks about the difficulties faced after Britain’s Got Talent ended.
Nina told the Daily Star: “As soon as the series has finished you don’t hear a word from them ever again. The 2008 finalists – including Faryl Smith, who’s a similar artist to Hollie – did very very well from it.
“They got record deals and things like that. Hollie didn’t get anything.
“We believed Hollie’s talent was good enough to get some sort of recognition but nobody came forward.”
However, now Hollie’s career has been sponsored, and as you already know, she has released Edelweiss which is available from the store, and will be launching her debut album, Hollie, next month. The album can be preordered now from the store.
Nina currently has a six month sabbatical from her NHS job to help and promote Hollie.
Hollie Steel was in the chat room again on Easter Sunday. Apparently she only had two Easter Eggs – but she did receive lots of new clothes.
Hollie received lots of compliments and positive remarks about her latest single, Edelweiss, and revealed that her second single from the forthcoming album will be “O Mio Babbino”. The artwork for the second single is currently being prepared.
Hollie also talked about an album track called “Come to My Garden” – in which Hollie harmonises with herself. Sounds doubly good to me!
Hollie then spoke a little about the Miss Photogenic competition that she has entered. The final is not until November so we have a while to wait to see if Hollie will win.
In the next few days, Hollie is going down to London with her mum and Josh, her brother. Josh will be auditioning for a place at the Italia Conti Stage School, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that he gets offered a place.
For those of you who missed Hollie’s chat with us on Sunday, Hollie said that she had done well in her dance exams and that the examiner was “really nice”. Hollie was tested in ballet, jazz and tap dancing but won’t get her results for three weeks.
Hollie also told us about a charity show she had performed in a show on Sunday, in aid of a mother and baby who were tragically run over in Accrington.
Hollie let on that she has already been planning songs to sing for album number two, and is considering “Think of Me” and “I Feel Pretty”.
Talking about feeling pretty, those of you who have been on Facebook will see that Hollie is in the final of “Miss Mini Photographic UK”. No wonder Hollie feels pretty! We hope you win, Hollie!
Despite everything that Hollie has been up to recently, she is still doing really well at school, receiving As on her school report card. What a clever girl.
Hollie also let us know that Nina stuck all the crystals on the outfit on the left. A labour of love
Hollie Steel’s second single, Edelweiss, is out today and available for immediate download from the store. I have just downloaded and listened to both of the versions – one of the versions is a “Radio Edit” and slightly shorter in length. The process of ordering and downloading the single was extremely simple and you don’t have to download any software – all you download is the song in MP3 format. All tracks are high quality 192Kbits and can be downloaded up to three times.
The single is beautiful. Hollie’s voice is crisp, clear and polished and the piano accompaniment superb. You will be not be disappointed.
Léopold has alerted me to a live radio interview that Hollie did for BBC Radio Lancashire yesterday. The presenter of the show was Sally Naden, and the show was broadcast at 11:00am yesterday morning.
Fortunately, “if you missed Hollie’s stunning performance, you can catch the recorded version at this BBC URL – Hollie’s first song is at 15:15 and the second one is at 43:00 min.”
If you see: “This content doen’t seem to be working, try again later,” when you access URL, try again later. I did and it worked for me.
The first song Hollie sings is her upcoming single, Edelweiss. The second song she performs is Nessun Dorma. Hollie’s performance is absolutely magnificent – spine tingling.
The photo on the left isn’t from the interview – it’s from Hong Kong. I don’t like to post without a Hollie photo though.
Hollie Steel is being filmed for a BBC pilot documentary. We don’t know if the documentary will be made or not yet, as it was just a taster, but I’m hopeful that it will be as I think it would make great viewing.
In the chat last night, Hollie also treated us to the secret behind her favourite magic trick. It’s the “Disappearing Water” trick. Here’s what you do – put a tissue in the bottom of a cup, which nobody can see. Then, pour a liitle bit of water into the cup. When you turn the cup upside down – Hey Presto! – it looks like the water has disappeared, but really the tissue soaked it up! Cool!