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The child actress didn’t manage to make the judges turn, but she had an amazing experience (Picture: ITV/BBC)

Alicia Hooper blew viewers away on Saturday with her audition on The Voice, where she performed All I Know So Far, a powerful ballad by P!nk.

However, the hit song wasn’t her first choice, having been suggested by producers during the lengthy audition process, prior to her getting on the stage, something that’s become common for past contestants to also experience.

Sadly, Alicia – who you might recognise as Amber Hearst from Tracy Beaker – didn’t manage to make the coaches turn their chairs, missing out on a place in the next round.

She’s at peace with it, though, and told that while she’s only ‘human’ for feeling ‘disappointed’ at now getting through, it was an ‘experience I’ll never forget.’

‘It wasn’t my song choice but, to be honest, when I did my London audition, that was gonna be one of the nine songs that I was gonna sing because it was always on the radio and Alba, my daughter, was always singing it,’ she began, after describing the lengthy process of Zoom calls and face-to-face auditions prior to the main event.

‘I thought it could be a musical theatre song. I know they [producers] were keen on having recent songs rather than older ones,’ she added, saying producers send her a list on WhatsApp of songs they wanted to hear in her blind audition.

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Alicia blew viewers away with her powerful cover of the P!nk tune (Picture: ITV)

‘A lot of them I didn’t know, but that [All I Know So Far] was on there. I had to send them a recording that night of me singing one of those songs, and they said I sang it beautifully so I guess it was that or not do it.’

‘Some people have said, “Oh she picked the wrong song,” but I think it did show off my range and it’s quite a big song and, at the end of the day, I did the best I could with it with the short time I had,’ she added.

The child actress, who hails from Newport and now works as a singing teacher, said she was ‘so worried’ before her audition aired on TV screens across the country, because she knew what the outcome was and didn’t want to ‘disappoint people.’

Alicia Hooper as Amber in Tracy Beaker (Picture: BBC)
Amber Hearst was an iconic Tracy Beaker character in series 2 (Picture: BBC)

But, a friend had some wise words for her: ‘Someone said to me, “They’re not disappointed in you, they’re disappointed for you”.’

As for whether any former Tracy Beaker cast members have been in touch since her audition aired, Alicia shared that former co-stars have shared her performance on social media with positive messages.

‘Ben [Hanson] who played Bouncer, he shared it on his Instagram, which was very positive. Dani [Harmer] who played Tracy Beaker, when I first announced it, she said she would be watching. So it was nice to get that support from them and previous people on the production team like one of the directors, she got in contact with me.

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Alicia’s former co-stars, including Dani Harmer, who played Tracy Beaker herself, were supportive of her audition (Picture: BBC)

‘And obviously, because it’s been the 20th anniversary this year of Tracy Beaker, I’ve been back in contact with them a little more anyway so the way it came about and with me on The Voice, it was really nice.’

As for the million dollar question, would Alicia ever return to Tracy Beaker? Well, if you’re a fan waiting on a reunion, then you can bet your life she’ll be there.

In fact, the musician would go back ‘in a heartbeat,’ saying it would be ‘amazing’ to get all the cast in one room for a ‘big party.’

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The singing teacher didn’t get to completely pick her own song, but she’s at peace with it (Picture: Alicia Hooper/Instagram)
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Alicia’s young daughter Alba is her biggest fan (Picture: Alicia Hooper/Instagram)

‘I’d love to see what they’d do with the character,’ she added, predicting that Dumping Ground bad girl Amber (who was forever at loggerheads with Tracy) would now be in some sort of ‘creative’ job and hoping that she found her happy home in the end.

And what does the future hold? Well, Alicia is singlehandedly raising a new generation of Tracy Beaker kids by handing her Jacqueline Wilson books down to her daughter and letting her watch her mum in action on telly – but she has to remind her that it’s ‘acting.’

‘I think she is fascinated by the fact that her mum was such a bad girl. So I have to say to her, “You know I’m not like that in real life, this is acting, so don’t be getting any ideas because that’s not how you speak to people”,’ Alicia joked, recalling Amber’s famous, ‘Go play in the traffic’ line.

On whether she’d return to The Voice next year, or audition for a singing competition again the future, Alicia hasn’t decided, but one thing she’s certain of is that she’ll ‘never say never.’

The Voice continues on Saturday on ITV.

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