City teen is The Voice's first Muslim contestant
THE first Muslim contestant on Australian reality show The Voice is a Toowoomba teen.
Brittania Clifford-Pugh is known around town as a member of five-piece acoustic pop band The Fes.
However, this Wednesday, she will make her national television debut on the 2017 season of The Voice, which starts tonight.
The talented ukulele player will perform for superstar judges Boy George, Kelly Rowland, Delta Goodrem and Seal in a round of blind auditions.
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Brittania, 17, hoped enough judges would turn around so she could land a spot on Team Seal.
"It all happened on a whim; I just saw an ad for the last day of auditions on TV," she said.
Brittania is a Harristown State High School graduate and is studying film and television at USQ.
As a child, she looked up to Hannah Montana. Lately, she's discovered a love for K-pop.
"I've grown up in a musical family. My mum is a singer and my biggest inspiration," she said.
"I've never had vocal lessons so everything I am is because of her and what she has taught me."
Brittania, who also plays the saxophone, is keeping her lips sealed about Wednesday's performance.
"All I can say is that it's been the best moment of my life so far," she said.
"I think it's going to be interesting for the nation to see the first Muslim on The Voice.
"It was a very proud moment for me. I get to go out and challenge stereotypes around my religion."
Brittania said she was lucky to grow up in a city as culturally diverse as Toowoomba but understood a lot of other teens had different experiences.
"I'm in this almost position of privilege," she said.
"Hopefully I can inspire others and put a little more diversity in the industry to make sure it's more reflective of the society we live in."