Two young performers in hot pursuit of stardom have taken a big step towards making their dream a reality.
Grangemouth High School pupil Shannon MacLeod (15) has loved singing in front of folk since she was but a wee thing and has already gained great experience through school-based competitions and an audition for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.
Now the fifth year student is through to the regional finals of a national singing contest, “Teen Stars”.
Shannon, along with former Grangemouth High pupil Kyle McLaughlan (16), who also won through the audition stage, will now have a chance of winning the £5000 top prize and a decent shot at a performing career.
She said: “I saw an advert for the competition in a magazine and decided to enter it. I like country pop music so I sang ‘Butterfly Fly Away’ by Miley Cyrus.
“I was a wee bit nervous, but I had already done an audition for ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ so I knew what to expect.”
Paolo Nutini fan Kyle, who is studying joinery at Forth Valley College, is also an old hand when it comes to singing competitions – he was runner-up in last year’s Falkirk Herald Voice of Falkirk contest.
“We each had two minutes to impress the panel,” he said. “I sang ‘All Star’ by Smash Mouth. I play the guitar, but I left it at home that day.”
Both Shannon and Kyle will be singing their hearts out again at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket in April when the regional finals take place.
You can get a sneak preview of Kyle’s style on Saturday when he plays an acoustic session in the Howgate from noon to 1 p.m.