Sunday night’s ‘The Voice’ delivered one of the most amazing and emotional moments of the season when we saw 49-year-old veteran and aspiring performer Chrissy Ashcroft.
Ashcroft has spent 13 years in the army and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and the aftershocks of life in a war zone meant even going to her audition was a battle.
She said ”This morning, getting myself here to this stage has been a really hard road. So many times I said, ‘I can’t do this’,”.
Fighting back tears she continued “But if I can get to that microphone and get through that song, it doesn’t matter if a chair turns or not. It’ll give me a sense I can get through this, I can beat this.”
When she came home Ashcroft was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and says that if she sees a car backfire she will ”hit the dec, which kind of looks weird in the middle of Sydney.”
For her audition, Ashcroft chose Cold Chisel’s classic ‘When The War Is Over” a song which has an intense personal meaning for her.
“For me, I want my war to be over. I don’t want to feel like this anymore,” she said.
When she took the stage, she nailed it.
Midway through the performance, Delta Goodrem’s chair turned around but with Ashcroft keeping her eyes closed, she had no idea whether she had made it through to the next round until the end of the song.
When she found out she couldn’t contain her happiness and Delta said the performance was ”Beautiful, wonderful. I’m so excited.”
We can’t wait to see what happens to Ashcroft next but we hope she goes the whole way!
The Voice continues tonight on Channel 9 at 7:30PM.