CeCe Sammy

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CeCe Sammy
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Born (1977-05-30) 30 May 1977 (age 40)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Occupation Vocal coach, singer, TV presenter
Website CeCe Sammy's official web site

CeCe Sammy is a British vocal and performance coach, known for her TV appearances and behind the scenes contributions as a vocal coach, judge, talent scout, advisor and trouble-shooter on various music and entertainment shows such as Pop Idol, S Club Search, The X Factor: Battle of the Stars, Just the Two of Us, Your Face Sounds Familiar Georgia, VH1 TV show Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, The Voice UK, new ITV series Get Your Act Together, E! Entertainment in the US, American Idol and America's Got Talent. In 2016, she was the chairperson of the British jury for Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[1][2]; the following year Sammy acted as the judge for the Eurovision: You Decide 2017[3].

CeCe Sammy is also a regular vocal judge for UK singing competitions Open Mic UK [4][5] and TeenStar UK.[6]


CeCe Sammy is a graduate from the London College of Music,[7] and is a classically trained pianist. She has coached chart acts from the United Kingdom (UK), including Charlotte Church, S Club 7 and S Club Juniors, Will Young[7] and Leona Lewis.[8]

Prior to her coaching career CeCe was a backing singer touring with the likes of Diana Ross. She was also a member of the United Colours of Sound with vocal coach partner John Modi and celebrity vocal coaches David and Carrie Grant. She has sung at the Commonwealth Games and Buckingham Palace as well as recording several theme tunes for ITV, Channel 4 and Sky Sports including the official Rugby World Cup song "Swing Low" with UB40, before going on to become a vocal coach to a roster of celebrity clients. [9]

She appeared on the television series Pop Idol as a vocal coach[7] and was a judge on the BBC's celebrity duet show Just the Two of Us in 2006 and 2007 along with Stewart Copeland and Tito Jackson.[7] [10]

CeCe appeared on the BBC TV documentary Be My Baby - The Girl Group Story which aired in August 2006. The show covered the history of girl groups, focusing specifically on The Supremes, The Three Degrees, Sister Sledge, Bananarama, The Bangles and the Spice Girls.[11]

In 2007 she was a judge on BBC Radio 3's Choir of the Year competition.[9] CeCe was one of Bruno Tonioli's panelists on BBC One's DanceX.[12]

CeCe made a guest appearance on ITV's Dancing on Ice in early 2009, where she was seen helping one of the groups that were selected to skate and sing at the same time. She has also appeared as a guest on television and in documentaries, including The Wright Stuff, GMTV, BBC Breakfast, Let Me Entertain You, The Xtra Factor.

In 2010, CeCe founded an artist development and music management company with legendary artist manager Frank DiLeo. CCA Entertainment operates between London and Los Angeles.

Since 2010, she has been a regular celebrity correspondent for OK! Magazine UK commenting on celebrity events[13] and giving vocal tips.[14]

In 2014 and 2015, CeCe appeared as head vocal coach and judge on the second and third seasons of Endemol's Your Face Sounds Familiar Georgia. She once again reprised the role as vocal judge for a select number of episodes during the fourth season which started in May, 2015.

In 2015, CeCe worked as a vocal coach on new ITV series Get Your Act Together. She has been a regular talent consultant for American Idol and America's Got Talent.

CeCe Sammy was the official vocal coach for 2015 Dubai Music Week.[15][16]


  1. ^ Greenwood, Carl. "Eurovision Song Contest's UK judging panel to be headed by one of Diana Ross' backing singers - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  2. ^ Association, Press (2016-04-29). "Here are the results of the united kingdom jury: eurovision panel chosen | Daily Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  3. ^ "What the judges are looking for on Eurovision: You Decide". The Independent. 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-01-27. 
  4. ^ Order:. "CeCe Sammy – Celebrity Vocal Coach". Openmicuk.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Cece Sammy speaks to OPEN MIC UK SINGING COMPETITION". YouTube. 2014-09-22. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  6. ^ Order:. "TeenStar - CeCe Sammy – Celebrity Vocal Coach". Teenstarcompetition.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d "The Police, Lulu, a DJ, and a vocal coach... meet the Just the Two of Us judges" (Press release). BBC Entertainment. 2006-02-21. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  8. ^ "X FACTOR FIX STORM". Daily Star. Retrieved 2006-06-12. 
  9. ^ a b "Choir of the Year judges - CeCe Sammy". BBC Radio 3. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  10. ^ "BBC Just the Two of Us - CeCe Sammy". BBC Entertainment. 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  11. ^ "Be My Baby: The Girl Group Story". Internet Movie Database. 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  12. ^ "BBC DanceX - CeCe Sammy". BBC Entertainment. 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  13. ^ "OK! backstage at the Grammys". OK!. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  14. ^ "Britain's Got Talent takes on The Voice 2013 - full show round-ups". OK!. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  15. ^ "Masterclasses | Dubai Music Week 2015". Dubaimusicweek.ae. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  16. ^ Tourish, Chanelle (2015-09-15). "Dubai music week guide". Timeoutdubai.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 

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