Bromley schoolgirl in national final of talent competition
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 May 2014
A talented schoolgirl has triumphed in a teen talent competition and made her way through to the national grand final.
Bromley High School student Abi Hudson, 15, has been successful in three rounds of the TeenStar competition, performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel.
Triumphing in the initial auditions, regional final and an area final covering the whole of London and East England, Abi was selected as one of five acts in the Mid Teens category to go through to TeenStar National Grand Final which will be held at the NEC Birmingham on July 19.
Speaking about getting through the Area Final round, Abi said: “It’s really good. I wasn’t expecting it at all.
“I sang nine crimes by Damien Rice.”
Abi received strong praise for her unique cover of the song, with the judge’s published comments reading: “Abi Hudson – Good connection to the song with superb control. Good song choice and you sung from the heart! Good performance and great stage presence. Lovely tone and range.”
The schoolgirl has been performing from a young age and as well as singing she can play the guitar and piano and is an accomplished dancer.
“I have been singing since I was really little, I don’t really remember when I started singing,” she said.
Abi said that she was feeling “a bit nervous” about the next round.
“I think you get some prizes but I think the big thing about getting to the grand final is that they have producers and record labels and scouts there,” she said.
Abi is hoping to get a recording contract in the future.
Staff at Abi’s school are extremely proud of her achievements.
Louise Simpson, Headteacher at Bromley High School, said: “We are so delighted for Abi, and proud that she has done so brilliantly in this national competition. Her talents are clear and we are rooting for her in the upcoming finals. Good luck Abi!”
Caroline Daniel, Director of Music Bromley High School, added: “Abi is one of our talented GCSE music pupils and has wowed our audiences with solo roles in our school choirs. She is also a key member of our elite vocal group who performed to great admiration in our most recent concert. She has a uniqueness to her voice which is going from strength to strength, and we are incredibly proud to have her within our music department.”
TeenStar aims to find the UK’s teen and pre-teen singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres. The winner of last year’s competition was X Factor finalist Luke Friend.