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Meet Loren Allred, Rebecca Ferguson's Singing Voice in 'The Greatest Showman'

Meet Loren Allred, Rebecca Ferguson's Singing Voice in 'The Greatest Showman'

When you see the new movie musical The Greatest Showman in theaters over the holidays, you’ll probably be amazed by the singing voice coming out of Rebecca Ferguson‘s mouth.

Well, that’s not actually Rebecca singing. Her voice was dubbed with singer Loren Allred‘s for her role as Jenny Lind.

Loren is best known for making it to the Top 20 on season three of The Voice. She was on Adam Levine‘s team and went home way too early!

Rebecca has raved about Loren‘s work in interviews. “She is the most incredible singer. I am an actress and that is what I trained to do at least,” she told Collider. Even though she didn’t perform the vocals in the movie, she still worked with a vocal coach for a month and a half to learn how to sing the track so that she could properly perform it on stage during the scene.

Rebecca did go to music school, but she says, “There is a difference in being able to sing a tune and hold it and do a fairly good job… [and to] play the world’s best opera singer. If I would F-U-C-K that up, I would be embarrassed. So I thought, ‘Loren, you just go for it, girl!’”

Listen to Loren singing “Never Enough” right here!


Never Enough (from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack) [Official Audio]
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  • Just Saying

    Why didn’t they just get an actress who could sing?

  • FerCat

    Yes, but actors/actress that can really sing and act convincingly aren’t that many. You’ll just be recasting Les Mis over again.

  • cinemaniac

    What? lol you can find tons of actors who sing at Broadway. Have you ever heard Broadway? :D

  • gwen

    She sounds amazing. I can’t believe she only made it to the to 20 on the voice.

  • FerCat

    Notice how many Broadway actors are in film and television?

    The style is different, on stage you go big because you don’t get the advantage of close ups. And not many seem to want to do film with it’s delayed satisfaction.

    Yes, I agree that there are some that can do both but combine that with real singing talent and your pool starts to shrink.

    Kendrick and Hathaway will probably be the only 2 most people can associate with Stage work.

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  • Tamara Hart

    Just off the top of my head…Hugh Jackman (who started on Broadway) Kristen Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell…in this day and age it is disheartening we are still casting actors who can’t sing in musicals and dubbing.

  • AZDiver

    Just saw the movie. Hadn’t read anything about the actors and vocal performers, so I went in clueless. I was convinced Jenny’s character was dubbed by Adele.

  • FerCat

    Exactly but look at the role mentioned and see where they would fit. Kristen is within the age range but physically may not be the right fit. And she’s no Chenoweth or Menzel. Shouldn’t even be uttering her name in the same breath as those two.

    Film is too heavy on visuals and aesthetics. That is it’s nature. It’s almost an eternity since we’ve had a Julie Andrews equivalent.

  • Amber

    I’m not sure YOU know how many Broadway actors are in film and tv. MOST film and tv actors started out in theatre on and off Broadway – and a couple on-camer classes will help you to not “go big”…. But Hollywood is all about the ability of names to get butts in seats, not talent. There are PLENTY of women who could have done this gig justice and could sing AND act it DOWN.

  • Joey Cumley

    I think you might be confused a bit. Yes of course there are not many “a-list” type stars that have this type of voice and act outside of theater, but this role was very small… in fact, she sings this song twice, and has a couple of pages of dialogue and that’s it, so there is no reason that they couldn’t cast a singer in the role. Additionally, if you are looking outside of “a-list” you’ll find that most broadway stars have also done film and television work, many could have filled in for this role. That being said I think that Rebecca Ferguson did a remarkable job, I’m just not sure it makes sense in a musical where literally every other cast member is singing their parts, to have one dubbed over. Makes me think that she was cast to sing, and then after her month of vocal training they realized it was just not working.

  • David Crowther

    She was really good on The Voice, but Adam gave her a stinker of a song for the Live Playoffs and she was promptly eliminated.

  • David Crowther

    She was really good on The Voice, but Adam gave her a stinker of a song for the Live Playoffs and she was promptly eliminated.

  • TheFirst

    I believe I heard somewhere that that’s exactly what happened: Rebecca Ferguson was cast and was supposed to actually sing as well. And while Ferguson can actually sing well enough, her voice just wasn’t strong enough for the kind of performance they wanted and the song they wrote for the character (who is supposed to be the best ‘opera’ singer in the world). So they decided to dub her.

  • gwen

    Thanks I did not know that.

  • zk1019

    Maybe I’m just going off of the picture of Loren Allred in this article, but my thought is why didn’t they just give her the whole role? She’s every bit as attractive as Rebecca Ferguson, and with makeup and effects that wouldn’t have been an issue anyway. She probably could’ve delivered the lines well enough also. That’s my take on it.

  • AnonymousHero

    I remember her and the name…. HOLY CRAP….. she is phenomenal. I don’t remember who she faced that year and who took #1, but my goodness, her voice has certainly grown leaps and bounds since that time! Kind of reminds me with Tori Kelly. Kelly was on American Idol very briefly and sounded good but was mediocre among the others, but now she’s unbelievable. A true standout. Good for her. She sounds so amazing and the movie is fantastic.

  • Tung Tran

    she can sing, just not the quality of greatest opera singer of the world

  • Larraine Lourenco

    Rebecca Fergusson is Swedish..she was cast to play the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind.

  • Larraine Lourenco

    Rebecca Fergusson is Swedish..she was cast to play the Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind.

  • Victor Laszlo

    Same here. At some places she sounds so much like Adele. But others, not so much. So I figured it was somebody I had never heard before.

  • Elysse Hamilton

    Agreed Tung. Considering the legendary talent of Jenny Lind, I was surprised that they chose such a “pop” style of singing.