inger and dancer, Alice Blakesley is going to be my guest on The Eclectic Collection this Thursday 5-7pm. I’m hoping she is going to be singing some songs as well as chatting with myself and Coral. Before we meet her on the show, I thought we should get to know a bit about her with a Knowing Me Knowing You interview.
Do you have a nickname?
My nickname is Ally .I really dislike being called 'Al' so my family and friends have always called me Ally.
Do you play any musical instruments?
I play the piano and I can play the guitar slightly. I'd love to be able to play the guitar properly and I've always wanted to be able to play the violin too.
Do you come from a musical family?
No one in my family has really been musical. I realised I had a talent when teachers would ask me to sing solos and sing and play the piano in school shows. I used to be part of the school choir because I always liked to sing at home and it really just came from there.
What was the first single or album you ever owned?
The first album I ever owned I think was 'Bullet in a Bible' by Green Day.
What’s the best ever movie?
I have a few favourite movies although my absolute favourite is the Disney film 'The Aristocats' and I love 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'.
Who has been a big inspiration to you?
My Nan has been a big inspiration for me in my life. She's always encouraged me to try new things and supported me with dancing, playing the piano and singing from a young age. My Nan still supports me now and attends every ballet class I have and any show I perform in.
In a film about your life, who should play the role of you?
If Audrey Hepburn was still alive that's who I'd love to play me in a film. I just love her class, elegance and grace.
Suppose you could have a cameo role in a TV show. Which one would you choose to be in?
I'd love to have a cameo in a show like 'Pretty Little Liars' or 'Stranger Things'.
The best sandwich filling is…?
I'm very weird and love cheese and salad cream sandwiches, I eat them almost daily..
What precious piece of jewellery would you like to own?
I don't really wear a lot of jewellery but I've hand-made a few necklaces with crystals so I'd love to have a collection of precious crystals.
If you were sick in hospital, which comedian would you like to pop in and cheer you up?
I feel like Ross Noble would be my comedian of choice because I've seen him twice and he's just so funny without even trying.
Which cartoon character would you like to be for a day?
When I was little I always wanted to be Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls so that I could go around saving people from enemies and bad situations. Also I really wanted to be able to fire lasers from my eyes and fly... I was a weird child.
Dogs or cats?
I used to be obsessed with cats but now I'm definitely more of a dog person. I have a Shih Tzu myself and would love to have a Frenchie too.
Tell us about a brilliant teacher at school
When I was in junior school I had a teacher called Mrs Davies who was also the school’s pianist. She definitely encouraged me to keep learning the piano and even encouraged me to learn songs to play on the piano in assemblies and class.
It’s your birthday and you can have any band, artist or DJ to play, who would you choose?
I would 100% have Fall Out Boy play at my birthday, my younger self would have completely freaked out at the thought and I feel like I'd owe that to younger me if I had the opportunity.
If a giraffe came to tea, what would you cook for him?
I feel like my spirit animal is a giraffe because of how tall I am and I really love Italian food and pizza so I'd probably cook him pizza.
Where is the furthest you have been from Newport?
The furthest I've been is Greece. I'd love to travel around America and Japan.
What’s at the end of a rainbow?
Hopefully, the cliché of a 'pot of gold.' Although a unicorn would be great too.
Tell us a Knock Knock joke
Figs your doorbell it's not working...
What would you tell your 13 year old self?
I'd tell 13 year old me to not stress so much about homework and exams and what people think of you. School will be one of the best times of your life so enjoy it, make friends, make memories, dress how you want: I do now and being different isn't a bad thing, it's nice to be considered unique sometimes so embrace it. There'll be hard times in life but you'll get through it, you've got an old mind on young shoulders but let yourself have fun and live in the moment. Sing, dance and do everything that makes you happy because they'll always be the things that'll manage to cheer you up no matter what.