Havant student books her place in TeenStar final

Olivia Haggarty from Havant has drawn comparisons to Adele
Olivia Haggarty from Havant has drawn comparisons to Adele
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SHE has impressed audience members and wowed judges.

Now Olivia Haggarty from Havant is through to the grand final of TeenStar, a national singing competition.

The 15-year-old, who attends Havant Academy School, triumphed in the regional and area finals of the competition at The Engine Rooms in Southampton.

A re-arrangement of Kodaline’s All I Want secured her place in the grand final of the TeenStar singing competition to be held at the NEC in Birmingham on July 25.

Olivia’s sister Amba Tremain said: ‘The competition has been a fantastic platform to help get her name out there.

‘What started out to be something to help her gain some audition experience has now turned into a dream come true.

People have compared her to Adele. She has always had a very mature voice, even from the age of eight or nine when we started noticing how good a singer she was

Amba Tremain

‘She has a real gift and deserves to be heard. Now is her time to shine and I’m excited for what the future holds for her.’

Amba is also the vocal coach and musical director of the Urban Vocal Group (UVG) which Olivia is a part of.

After joining when she was eight years old, Olivia secured principal singing roles in performances at The Kings Theatre. She even performed at the House of Commons in front of MPs with the group. She has also performed at venues across the city including Little Johnny Russells and The Edge of the Wedge on Albert Road, Southsea.

Amba says her sister’s singing style is in the vein of ‘classic ballad divas’.

‘People have compared her to Adele. She has always had a very mature voice, even from the age of eight or nine when we started noticing how good a singer she was.

‘My sisters and I have been in bands and our mum Sue is a music teacher so Olivia has been around music ever since she could talk.’

If Olivia wins the final of TeenStar, her prize would include £5000, time in a recording studio and singing lessons.

The TeenStar competition is the UK’s largest search for singing acts aged 19 or younger. Over 8,000 hopefuls, including singer-songwriters and rap artists, auditioned this year.

To vote for Olivia, text ‘TEEN46’ to 84222. Votes cost £1 plus the standard network rate.