Teenager Hannah Birtwell from Wymondham is ready to sing her heart out at TeenStar competition
PUBLISHED: 08:57 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:59 21 April 2017
A teenager from Wymondham is hoping to shine on stage as she takes part in the regional finals of a singing contest.
Hannah Birtwell, 12, from Easton, will travel to Southampton to sing in the TeenStar competition on Sunday, which has previously paved the way for young performers such as Birdy and Jacob Banks.
Hannah, who is in Year 7 at Wymondham College, is planning to sing Piano by Ariana Grande, having made it to the final performing Ed Sheeran’s Photograph at a qualifying competition.
She said: “I’m excited but nervous at the same time. The last one was really nerve-wracking because the room goes silent and all eyes are on you.
“But when you start singing it’s all fine and it’s like there’s no-one there.”
Mum, Rachel Birtwell, said she was proud of her daughter.
She said: “Hannah has been singing ever since she could talk and has always wanted to be a singer of the popular variety.”
TeenStar is the UK’s only singing and dancing competition exclusively for teen and pre-teen singers, singer/songwriters, rappers, dancers and dance groups of all genres and styles.
Chris Grayston, events co-ordinator, said: “We are looking to find an act that has something unique to offer, another Birdy or Luke Friend that can go all the way, with both the ability to deliver a strong live performance but also potential to become a professional recording artist or dance act.
“Now with the addition of dance acts, these shows are going to be so exciting to watch and judge.
“There is so much talent out there I’m sure we can find that star again.”
The competition is divided into age categories - ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category searching for the stars of tomorrow, the Pre-Teens.
Participants in the grand final will have the chance win some huge prizes such as; recording an album, shooting a music video, scholarships to the Flawless Dance School, sponsorship from Squad Dancewear and more.