A family fan club cheered and screamed for teenage singer Ella Shaw when she opened an all-star concert for some of Britain’s top pop acts.
The 16-year-old former Billington High School student topped a talent poll to earn a place in the Key 103 Live concert at Manchester Arena.
She strode out onto the huge stage in front of thousands of pop fans to warm up the audience for a line-up that included Take That’s Mark Owen, Olly Murs, rappers Dizzee Rascal and Professor Green, and top bands The Wanted, Scouting for Girls, Rudimental and Union J.
She amazed the audience with her own dubstep version of the Nina Simone classic “Feeling Good” and a reworked version of Adele’s “Hometown Glory.”
“It was absolutely incredible,” said Ella, from Langho.
“I wasn’t as nervous as thought I’d be. I was dancing up and down the stage singing, and there were thousands of faces out there in the dark.”
Ella chatted with the other acts, had her picture taken with them and even got a kiss from every member of The Wanted, currently high in the charts with “Walks Like Rihanna”.
She said: “I thought no-one would have taken notice of me because I’m unknown, but everyone there was great. They made me feel at ease”
After the show, Ella got offers of some more gigs and was approached by management companies.
“Facebook and Twitter went crazy, too,” she said.
“It’s made me realise more than ever that this what I want to do.”