Eileen has appeared in over 30 horror titles, some of which include Demonsoul (1995), Razor Blade Smile (1998), Witchcraft X (1998), Cradle of Fear (2001), The Legend of Harrow Woods (2008), Braincell (2010), The Horror Vault 3 (2010), The Turning (2011), and The Amityville Asylum (2013). She’s also, apparently, one-half of a band called The Courtesans. The Courtesans, which Daly fronts alongside Ben Thirkettle, is well respected within the independent music scene in the UK and frequently tours together with a full band.
The Courtesans are now a part of the “X Factor UK” 2014 batch of contestants. Season 11 of the hit singing reality show began just a few weeks ago with a panel of judges consisting of Simon Cowell, Spice Girls member Mel B, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole, and talent manager Louis Walsh. I’m a big fan of reality television and have always felt that “X Factor UK” is by far the most superior singing show in the world. Somehow, I missed Eileen Daly and The Courtesan’s initial audition, but I was able to catch their big arena audition last night, September 13, 2014.
The Courtesans sang a unique version of Tom Jones’ Delilah. I will say, in all honesty, Eileen Daly is not the best singer in the competition. There are people showcased already who are far better. However, what she does possess is a unique style, old-school voice, and quirky personality. Simon Cowell even called her, “The next Annie Lennox.” The Courtesan’s made it through this round on a 3-1 vote and are officially heading to the bootcamp rounds where roughly 100 contestants will continue the battle for the bragging rights and big recording contract.
At least if she doesn’t get the million dollar recording deal, Eileen Daly can return to the world of horror with some new movies. Until then, we should all show her some support!
Last year’s winner, Sam Bailey, released her first single in 2013 which reached the #1 spot on music charts. Her album, Power of Love, was released in March 2014 and has been certified as a gold record.