It was her big moment – but Jerry Williams didn’t feel nervous at all.
Stood alone in the middle of a big stage with just her guitar and microphone for company, the 17-year-old could have been excused some butterflies.
She was performing at the historic Kings Theatre in Southsea last night as her prize for winning our Instant Star talent contest for 2013 and hundreds were watching her as part of a big Children In Need charity show.
But as she launched into her first track, a cover of Jamie T’s If You’ve Got The Money, she knew this is where she wanted to be.
After two more numbers, her own compositions about being slightly obsessed with an ex-boyfriend and being shy about someone you fancy, her time in the spotlight was over.
But her appearance and the loud applause from an impressed audience just left her wanting more and to achieve her dream of being a professional musician.
Jerry, from Crofton Road, Milton, Portsmouth was the unanimous choice of judges at our auditions. She is studying A-levels in English, music and music technology at South Downs College and has already done some gigs in Portsmouth.
In her dressing room at the Kings, Jerry said: ‘I just feel so lucky to play here. I’ve really enjoyed it, but it went so quick!
‘I was excited rather than nervous and just wish I could do this every day. I just want people to hear my music.’
Mum Jayne, dad Louy and brother Buddy were all there to support Jerry, along with 14 other proud relatives.
All money raised from the show, sponsored by Kenwood, is going to Children in Need.
The evening also featured the Wessex Cancer Trust Choir, Abstract Dance & Performing Arts, Manic Stage Productions, comedians James Alderson and Arnold Gutbucket, students from South Downs College, Portsmouth Music Fusion, Luke Ferre, Urban Vocal Group, Ismael Clark, Christopher Marlowe and former Instant Star winner Jamie Riley.