A Huddersfield teenager has stars in her eyes after singing her way to a place in the semi final of a national talent competition.
Marsh resident Kayla Agostini said that she was beyond disbelief after being selected for the penultimate round of Teenstar contest, which offers youngsters the chance to get a foot in the music industry door, despite only ever having sung in front of her school mates before.
Kayla, 13, wowed a panel of expert judges with her strong singing abilities at Sheffield City Hall, when she performed her own version of Adele’s To Make You Feel My Love in front of 400 people.
She will now take the stage closer to home at Huddersfield Town Hall on May 25 in the next leg of the event, which is the largest dedicated nationwide knockout singing event for under 19s.
It was the second success story for the Salendine Nook High School pupil, who previously beat dozens of other hopefuls in an earlier qualifying round in which she sang Skyscraper by Demi Lovato.
Kayla said: “I really didn’t expect to get this far.
“I’ve always enjoyed singing at school concerts so when I found the competition on the internet I decided to enter but just because it looked really fun.
“Now I’m in the semi-finals I feel really proud and can’t wait for the event and am really happy with all the support I’ve had from friends and family before.”
Kayla said that she would now consider a change in her future career aims if she does well third time around in the event, one of five taking place around the country which was created last year by music company Future Music Management following the popularity of its other contest, Open Mic UK.
She said: “I have always wanted to be a pet medic but if I won it would be great because I would also love to sing all over the world.”
The winner of the final, which will be held at the Birmingham NEC, will receive £5000 to help them develop their act, as well as a slot at Hop Farm Festival and access to industry contacts.
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