The collective anger at Dimitri Payet went a long way to helping West Ham fans find their voice last month – but there’s one supporter who is hoping hers will be blaring out your radio this year.
Lydia Lucy, who reached the final of last year’s The Voice, is hoping to make a big splash when her debut single is released shortly – and she can’t wait to share her album with the world. The 23-year-old has performed to audiences around the world over the past year thanks to her friendship with will.i.am, who mentored her on the then BBC hit show, but she is hoping to make time in her busy schedule to make her first visit to our new home.
‘For me, being a West Ham fan wasn’t a choice. Growing up here, everyone supported West Ham. ‘It’s part of who I am,’ the Romford resident told Blowing Bubbles Monthly. ‘I used to go to games with my best friend and her dad and scream our heads off. I loved going to games at Upton Park and I was sad not to get to a game last season. ‘I can still remember those early games I went to, the crowd, the noise, the atmosphere, going to our seats, getting hot dogs, just lots of little things, and I loved all the songs.
‘My focus is singing and it’s been so busy for a while now that it’s stopped me from going but I’d love to go to a game at the new stadium.’ With the likes of Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin being two of Lydia’s biggest musical influences, you already get a flavour of how her self-written album will sound.
‘Since leaving The Voice, I’ve tried to do as many gigs as possible to keep myself out there and I’ve been lucky enough to perform all over the world,’ she continued. ‘In between all these gigs, I’ve been able to write the songs for my album and I’m really pleased with them. They are fun, uplifting songs with an urban pop beat.’
As for her time on The Voice, she added: “It was like an emotional rollercoaster. There were a lot of highs but I got so nervous that I was really emotional. ‘But it was the best experience of my life. I worked with some amazing people, made some brilliant contacts and I’m very grateful for it.
‘As for the chairs facing backwards, it’s not nice. I remember thinking if no-one turns around for me then, that’s it, I’m giving up. ‘But then I had three people turn around so I was like all right! And I chose will.i.am because he is a worldwide superstar. ‘To be able to get advice from him and hear what his opinions are of you, it’s just unreal. We worked very well together and we’re still friends today.’