Voice Kids singer Zena sang with Whitney Houston and represented Ireland at Junior Eurovision

The 14-year-old is no stranger to the international stage

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Irish teenager Zena Donnelly tries her luck with the Voice Kids judges at the Blind Auditions this weekend but the young singer’s already had a taste of the big time performing with Whitney Houston.

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She was just seven when the world-famous singer performed in Dublin and brought Zena up on stage to sing with her after spotting her ‘Whitney can I sing with you?’ banner in the crowd.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNhHZxHCWdY?ecver=1

She tells the full story herself here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA2CZ-4vWzw?ecver=1

As her confident performances might suggest, Zena is no stranger to a big stage. She belted out Beyoncé’s Listen at the Peace Proms with the Crossborder Orchestra of Ireland…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH_b_1erdDE?ecver=1

… and represented Ireland at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Valetta, Malta in 2016 with Bríce Ar Bhríce (that’s brick by brick in Gaelic Irish).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQv08myY68c?ecver=1

She also sang We Can Shine, a song penned for Irish film A Christmas Star.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQjG2CaOmiI?ecver=1

And of course, performed a cover of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You on Irish TV when she was just 12 years old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX9AaOHcHhQ?ecver=1

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The Voice Kids continues on ITV on Saturday nights