Sat in her dressing room, singer Jennifer Parker-Lummis was still beaming long after the loud applause had died down.
This had been her moment to shine – and she’d given it everything.
Jennifer, of Magennis Close, Gosport, was awarded her own slot in last night’s Song and Dance 2012 charity variety show at the Kings Theatre in Southsea after winning The News’ Instant Star talent contest.
The 33-year-old mother-of-two, whose dream is to become a professional opera singer, was the unanimous pick of the judging panel at our auditions
At the Kings she sang The Girl in 14G, a number that showed the full range of her impressive voice.
An excited Jennifer, who was watched by her parents and friends while husband Mike stayed at home with three-year-old Jasmine and Anna, eight months, said: ‘I really enjoyed that. It was a fantastic opportunity.
‘The standard of performances in the show has been extremely high and I did feel slightly intimidated. But it is all about learning to control the nerves.’
She added: ‘Now I hope somebody will help to make me a professional opera singer!’
Sandra Smith from the Kings said: ‘Jennifer was fantastic. We knew from the auditions how talented she was and she performed so well.’
Jennifer, who studied music at South Downs College before going to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, had appeared on stage at the Kings before in a Lord Mayor’s gala show.
But this time the spotlight was firmly on her as the Instant Star for 2012.
The variety show featured talent from the Portsmouth area and was held in aid of the Kings Theatre Restoration Fund, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and cancer charity Kick It Into Touch.
Performers included 3Js Theatre Arts, Kings Youth Theatre, Portsmouth Philharmonia, Portsmouth Players, streetdancers Most Wanted, South Downe Musical Society and singers James Hume and Helen Stoddart and Tamsin Withers and Emma Dean.
Meanwhile West End star Jack Edwards and 13-year-old Tia-Jade Ayling sang Your Song, a new charity single for Kick It Into Touch.
Pianist Daniel McBride from Gosport, a former Instant Star winner, played a new composition. It was written for his girlfriend, Megan Barber, who has provided him with so much support after he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010 and during subsequent operations and treatment.
Megan was in the audience and was presented with chocolates by Kings Theatre Trust vice-chairman Ian Pratt.