Rita Ora turned down her chance to become the voice for her country after auditioning for Eurovision: Your Country Needs You at the age of 18. The judges were blown away by a young Rita, but for whatever reason–perhaps she thought bigger things were in store for her–she said thanks, but no thanks.
We may never know what it was like for Rita to go on and win Eurovision, but at least there’s video of the audition. A fresh-faced Rita sings Oleta Adams‘s “Get Here” with a breathy pitch. After her audition the judges noted “she doesn’t need gimmicks” because her voice could carry her without choreography or extra props. Who needs Eurovision when your boss is Jay-Z? No shade. If you’ve ever wondered if Rita was all hype or she actually had chops check out the video. We dare you.