Sunderland girl is one song away from TeenStar success

Abby Dolan
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AN ASPIRING pop star is just one song away from national success.

Ten-year-old Abby Dolan has reached the Northern area final of talent contest TeenStar.

The nationwide search for teenage and pre-teen talent saw thousands of youngsters sign up to take part.

Abby, who was knocked out of the competition at the same stage last year, won her spot in the area final, which will be held in Huddersfield on May 25, by singing Let It Go, from the movie Frozen.

“We are so proud of her,” said mum Lesley, 34, of East Herrington.

“I think she has got a better chance of making it to the finals this year, she is so much more confident.”

Abby, who goes to East Herrington Primary School, will be up against hundreds of others during the next stage of the competition at Huddersfield Town Hall.

The youngster, who attends stage school lessons at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, is working hard to prepare.

“She hasn’t picked a song yet,” said Lesley, who cheered Abby on at the last audition with Abby’s dad, Mark Stewart, 37.

“Abby started singing lessons when she was seven. She would sing around the house and decided she wanted lessons and it’s just taken off.”

The youngster will follow in the footsteps of names such as X Factor finalist Luke Friend, and singer songwriter Birdy, if she makes it through to the national final. Lesley, who attended the last auditions with about 30 family and friends, said: “I don’t know what the talent is like, but I hope she makes it.”

Auditionees and best friends Jacee Pink, 10, and Mia Carney, 11, are waiting to find out if they have made it to the regional finals of Teenstar.

The youngsters narrowly missed their opportunity to claim a place at the next stage of the competition after not receiving enough votes.

However, thanks to the Wildcard National Public Vote, one of them could still get a place and keep their dream of stardom on track.

Jacee, who attends East Herrington Primary School, sang Stay, by Rihanna.

“She got really good feedback from the judges, but she needs the wildcard vote now,” said mum Amy, 33, of Humbledon. “She and Mia will be going head to head.”

Mia’s mum Ashley, 40, added: “Considering she had never done anything like this before, Mia was so confident.

“She absolutely loves it.”

Voting closed last night and the girls will find out shortly who went through.