Teenage singer Ella Shaw is bubbling with excitement as she prepares to appear on the same bill as some of Britain’s top pop acts.
The 16-year-old talent show contestant from Langho topped a radio station poll to win a place in the Key 103 Live summer concert at Manchester Arena along with Take That’s Mark Owen, Olly Murs, The Wanted, Dizzee Rascal, Scouting for Girls, Professor Green and top girl band Stooshe among others.
Ella was told she had won in a phone call broadcast live on Key 103. “She just dropped the phone and ran screaming round the kitchen,” said mum Janine.
Ella won her place in the finals singing her own dubstep version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” then the public voted for the finalists.
Ella got busy on the social media to ask friends and schoolmates for votes, and even her former primary school, St Mary’s at Langho, helped by asking parents to vote for her.
The result was revealed just the day after her school-leavers’ prom at St Augustine’s High School, Billington.
Ella is now gearing up for the biggest gig of her life on July 28th, which will be a great opportunity to get noticed.
She aims to sing “Feeling Good” again, and is preparing some other numbers with her own interpretation.
Ella loves the jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, but she also loves show tunes, pop and hip-hop. She has been offered college places and hopes to continue her music studies along with the business side of entertainment.
All the family - dad David, mum Janine and sisters Jessica (13) and Mollie (10) - are thrilled about her big chance.
“Her sisters both love singing, too, and they’re right behind her,” said Janine.