Horndean girl Lucy Simmonds wins Instant Star

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SHE may only be nine years old, but little Lucy Simmonds has proved she’s got what it takes as she has been named the winner of this year’s Instant Star competition.

Lucy, from Horndean, stunned the judges when she gave her incredible rendition of the song Let it Go from the Disney film Frozen.

Winner of The News Instant Star competition Lucy Simmonds. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142929-801)

Winner of The News Instant Star competition Lucy Simmonds. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (142929-801)

The judging panel of The News’ entertainments editor Chris Broom, Children in Need show producer Steve Pitt and Sandra Smith from the Kings Theatre had a tough decision to make after seeing all 18 auditions at The Cellars in Eastney on Wednesday evening.

But they ultimately agreed unanimously on Lucy as the winner.

The Horndean Junior School pupil was thrilled to learn she had won and said: ‘My dad heard about Instant Star and he helped me to enter.

‘I’ve been singing since I was two years old. I feel really happy when I sing.’

Mum Lisa Simmonds added: ‘It was when Lucy was five and was singing a Jessie J song, and doing it well, that we first thought she might have something, but we couldn’t find any groups or clubs for her to join.

‘She tried gymnastics and Brownies and she never really got into anything, so we put her into singing lessons about two years ago and she’s thriving on it.’

Lucy has dazzled other judges with her singing skill too – she came second in last year’s Britain’s Got Variety, as well as making it to the finals at the O2 in London of the Teenstar contest.

Sandra said: ‘Her whole presentation, her posture, everything about her – she seemed so confident for such a young girl.

‘She had a communication with the audience, it was just a great performance.

‘I was very impressed with the power of her voice as well. If you closed your eyes, you wouldn’t have believed it was a nine-year-old girl up there.

‘I’m expecting great things for this girl, I definitely think she will go places. And now we can share with the people of Portsmouth what we saw in her as well.’

Lucy will perform at the Children in Need charity gala on November 9, as well as at the The News’ We Can Do It Awards show on November 2 and Guide Awards show on January 26 next year.

The contestants - click on the name of the act to see a video of them performing

- Love, Hearts & Kisses

- Madre Paice

- Evie Cave & George Dunmore

- S Jay

- Devin-Jade Eames

- Mollie Anne Nestor

- Cali

- Declan Robertson

- John Burch

- Sean Lobban

- Megan Linford

- Zoe Marshall

- Lauren Stanley

- Nicola-Anne Ross

- Abdul Azize Hossen

- Jasmin Dunn

- Jodie Vinall