Sunday, 26 September 2021

Girl, 12, bidding to win £5,000 prize for singing

A SCHOOLGIRL from Caversham has her sights set on stardom after reaching the second round of a singing competition.

A SCHOOLGIRL from Caversham has her sights set on stardom after reaching the second round of a singing competition.

India Nugent, 12, is one of 21 acts shortlisted for the next stage of Teen Star UK.

After winning through the audition stage, she will compete in the under-12s category at a regional showcase final in Hayes, Middlesex, on March 16.

India, a pupil at Highdown School in Emmer Green, said: “There were lots of advertisements for this singing competition and my singing teacher encouraged me to apply.

“At the audition there were a few of us and we had to sing a cappella. I chose Fix You by Coldplay, which I sang in front of four judges and a manager.

“I was really nervous as this was the first time I had ever taken part in any sort of competition but I just tried not to think about it.

“I thought the audition went okay but when I came out I was really red because I was so nervous.

“We had to wait around for around an hour until the manager pulled people to the front to tell them whether they had got through. I have listened to the other singers and some of them are really good.”

India lives with her parents, Hayley and Hamish, and younger brother Phoenix, eight, in Woodcote Road.

Mrs Nugent, a beautician, said: “The first round of the competition was a bit like X-Factor and we were really nervous for India.

“This is her first time at doing something like this. It is all a good experience though.”

India, who has singing lessons every other week as well as weekly practices for school productions, is three rounds away from the chance to sing live at the O2 in London and the winner’s prize of £5,000. At the next stage, she will sing in front of an audience.

India, a former pupil at Sacred Heart in Henley and St Martin’s Primary School in Caversham, said: “I think I am going to do People Help The People by Birdy.

“I like One Direction and Ellie Goulding, which my music is a little bit like. Singing makes me zone out and I go to another place.

“I really love it, although I do not like to say that I am good.

“I have had only about eight singing lessons so far but I really enjoy it.”

India is also interested in amateur dramatics. She is a member of Act Now Entertainment and was in the chorus for its production of Annie at the Kenton Theatre in Henley last month.

She said: “We are doing Grease next so that will be really good fun and I would like a slightly bigger part.

“I like singing and acting. I have also done some modelling. When I was eight I went to the PGL education and adventure centre on the Isle of Wight to shoot a catalogue for Fat Face. We got to have a go at everything while they took pictures of us. It was really good fun.”

Her father, a train driver, said he was “very proud” of his daughter, adding: “India works so hard at school and this is all off her own back. Once she gets over her nerves I think she will be great.”

For more information, visit www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk

“I was really nervous as this was the first time I had ever taken part in any sort of competition but I just tried not to think about it.

“I thought the audition went okay but when I came out I was really red because I was so nervous.

“We had to wait around for around an hour until the manager pulled people to the front to tell them whether they had got through. I have listened to the other singers and some of them are really good.”

India lives with her parents, Hayley and Hamish, and younger brother Phoenix, eight, in Woodcote Road.

Mrs Nugent, a beautician, said: “The first round of the competition was a bit like X-Factor and we were really nervous for India.

“This is her first time at doing something like this. It is all a good experience though.”

India, who has singing lessons every other week as well as weekly practices for school productions, is three rounds away from the chance to sing live at the O2 in London and the winner’s prize of £5,000. At the next stage, she will sing in front of an audience.

India, a former pupil at Sacred Heart in Henley and St Martin’s Primary School in Caversham, said: “I think I am going to do People Help The People by Birdy.

“I like One Direction and Ellie Goulding, which my music is a little bit like. Singing makes me zone out and I go to another place.

“I really love it, although I do not like to say that I am good.

“I have had only about eight singing lessons so far but I really enjoy it.”

India is also interested in amateur dramatics. She is a member of Act Now Entertainment and was in the chorus for its production of Annie at the Kenton Theatre in Henley last month.

She said: “We are doing Grease next so that will be really good fun and I would like a slightly bigger part.

“I like singing and acting. I have also done some modelling. When I was eight I went to the PGL education and adventure centre on the Isle of Wight to shoot a catalogue for Fat Face. We got to have a go at everything while they took pictures of us. It was really good fun.”

Her father, a train driver, said he was “very proud” of his daughter, adding: “India works so hard at school and this is all off her own back. Once she gets over her nerves I think she will be great.”

For more information, visit www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk

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