Source: The Herald – By Martin Freeman
RACHEL Adedeji. Does that name ring a bell? If so, how loud?
Those who heard a tinkle are among the millions who watched the now 22-year-old make the X Factor live finals in 2009.
She sang with, and was highly praised by, Whitney Houston.
The Londoner went from topping the vote in week three to leaving the show seven days later.
But finishing ninth has turned out to be a blessing rather than a curse.
Winning the show doesn’t often match the hype. Joe McElderry, anybody? Runner-up Olly Murs has been more successful and the highest-profile entrant that year proved to be Stacey Solomon, who went on to reinvent herself as a presenter.
And Rachel, meanwhile, has been quietly building a career in musical theatre.
Now she is a bigger noise as the female vocal lead in a massively popular West End show, Thriller Live.
With perfect timing the tribute to Michael Jackson is heading to Plymouth as fans of the King of Pop this week marked five years since the singer’s death.
Rachel is the female lead in the show which is more concert than musical theatre, but either way a great platform for her vocal talent.
And it is a great treat for all fans of Jacko – herself included.
“Expect to have fun, expect to sing along and be up on your feet,” she says. “We kind of force you guys to get up and dance.
“It’s put together by a team of people who love Michael Jackson as well.”
The show was conceived by Jackson family friend and author, Adrian Grant.
“Even if you are not a Michael fan you will enjoy it as well, it’s just a fun show in general.
“My big numbers are The Way You Make Me Feel, Blame It On The Boogie, but my favourite is the duet I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.
“I have always been a Michael fan. My parents always put Michael songs on as they knew he was an artist everyone could relate to.”
The other part of her career is ticking along, too.
She has put out two music videos of her own, Follow the DJ and Club Lights, and released an EP.
Rachel is currently writing and recording with various producers. A new single is due out in the next couple of weeks.
Song and dance shows take her back to her college days. She studied musical theatre, graduating with a triple distinction. Her credits include a role in the Abba musical, Mamma Mia!
2009 was actually her second crack at the X Factor. She auditioned for the show’s fifth series in 2008, reaching the boot camp final 50 stage, but narrowly missing out on a spot at the judges’ houses. She is friends with the winner from that year, Alexandra Burke.
“When I think back to those X Factor days I can’t believe I went through that. But I was honoured and privileged to be a part of it.
“It was scary at the time. It’s a pretty big deal for a young girl to pretty much expose herself to the nation.”
Now the nation is seeing a lot more as Thriller Live continues a UK tour.
Monday, June 30 to Saturday, July 5, Theatre Royal Plymouth
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