A Lutterworth mum-of-two swept singing legend Sir Tom Jones off his feet as she made it past the blind audition stage of BBC talent show The Voice.
Sally Barker (54) appeared on the singing contest as it returned on Saturday night, with her performance leaving Sir Tom in tears as he chose her as one of the contestants who will go forward to the next round.
Mrs Barker’s interpretation of 1960s classic Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood wowed all the judges, with pop sensation Kylie Minogue saying there was something mystical, even spiritual about the performance.
Sally (54) had a successful stage career, singing as a support artist for greats including Bob Dylan and Robert Plant.
But she backed away from the spotlight after her husband died and she had to devote more time to looking after her two sons.
Her son Dylan was there to support her on the night, along with a group of her friends from the Lutterworth area.
Time was running out when Sir Tom hit the button to turn his seat around, confirming he wanted to be her mentor in the programme.
He told her: “For me, it was just full of emotion.
“It was just so beautiful that I couldn’t help myself.
“You sang so beautifully it got to me. You swept me off my feet.
“You have the most beautiful voice that has been on this show so far.
“You’re with me and we’re going to be great together, believe me.”
Speaking to the Lutterworth Mail this week, Sally said: “It is absolutely fantastic.
“Tom Jones is a legend and such a nice bloke, very down to earth, very personable. It is just great.”
Sir Tom was not the only judge to be impressed by Mrs Barker’s performance, with Will.I.Am saying she was amazing and The Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson adding: “I really like you. You were singing it from the heart.
“You went for it and I am really glad you did.”
Sally said: “It is bizarre because I have been around for quite some time and it is not the sort of thing I would do. My kids suggested I went for it.
“I remember seeing them watching series two and them getting excited about the blind audition stage and it is exciting to watch.
“I didn’t realise the effect I’d had until I watched the show back.
“It was very much a surprise. I thought he was taken with me and my voice, but I didn’t realise there was some sort of spell that I’d cast.”