ITV1’s Soapstar Superstar began on Friday so DS spoke to the show’s vocal coach, Jo Price.
Voice coach, Soapstar Superstar.
In the role since
I’ve been voice coaching since 1996.
Warbling, mixing hot water, honey and lemon, clapping loudly during on-set rehearsals and preparing the vocal sessions for all my clients.
Best thing about your job
Slicing the lemons.
Worst thing about your job
Teaching people to sing. My ears can only take so much.
First thing you do in the morning when you get in?
Any downsides to working in your job?
Not really, but sometimes the lemons aren’t fresh, and are quite hard to get hold of.
First media/TV job
Voice coach for ITV’s Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes in 2000.
Biggest achievement to date
Starting my own vocal academy in Manchester in 2001.
Anything you wish you'd done differently?
Absolutely not, I really, really love my job.
I’ve done it. Towards the back end of last year I took part in and helped train all the people from Ant and Dec’s ‘Boyband Challenge’, part of Saturday Night Takeaway, with various soapstars and celebs taking part.
Best media jolly you've ever attended
Having worked with Howard Donald from Take That, seeing the boys re-united on tour last year was absolutely amazing for me, and I was very proud of Howard.
Who do you think will win Soapstar Superstar?
After my excellent voice coaching, they all stand the best possible chance.
Presented by Zoe Ball, with judges Martine McCutcheon, Michael Ball, showbiz mogul Billy Sammeth and TV director and producer Chris Cowey, Soapstar Superstar airs tonight on ITV1 at 9pm, with Soapstar Superstar: Bonus Tracks on ITV2 at 10.30pm.