Who would have thought she'd be an international superstar just six years later?!
Well… she wasn't exactly average — she still had that voice!
In fact, Rita actually auditioned to be the UK representative at Eurovision with the song Get Here when she was just 18 years old… and she won!
Luckily for her, a wise-beyond-her-years Rita turned down the opportunity to sing an Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber original at the European competition because she could tell her career would probably be over at that point.
Seeing as she's currently a judge on X Factor… we'd say she was right! LOLz!
Ch-ch-check out Rita's Eurovision: Your Country Needs You audition (below)!!!