WODONGA’s Tayah Baker could be the next Taylor Swift.
The Catholic College Wodonga year 7 student has made it to auditions of The Voice Kids, a spin-off series of the popular channel Nine talent show, The Voice.
Tayah has been channelling her idols — Taylor Swift and Katy Perry — and it’s worked.
“I recorded myself singing Taylor Swift’s Love Story song,” she said.
“They liked it and have asked me to come and audition.”
Mum Linda Baker believed the experience would help her daughter overcome her shyness.
“When she performs, it’s like she’s a different person,” she said.
“This will be a great experience for her and we are still in shock because, for someone so young, it is daunting.”
Tayah has had singing lessons for three years. She also plays the piano and violin.
“Music makes me happy,” she said.
In her spare time, Tayah can be found using a computer program, GarageBand, to record her singing and mocking up covers for her CDs.
Tayah has chosen Grenade by Bruno Mars for her solo audition on October 9 in Melbourne.
“We have to sing in a choir and then those selected will perform a solo for the judges,” she said.
Tayah, who planned to make a career singing, reckoned it would be “a cool experience” to star on the show.
“I watch all the talent shows like Australian Idol and The Voice,” she said.
Nine Network’s director of television Michael Healy said The Voice had been an “incredible success” for the network.
“We look forward to The Voice Kids shining a light on the enormous pool of undiscovered young talent this country has to offer,” he said.
The show will air next year, featuring children aged eight to 14.
The coaches and host are still to be named.