A ST Helens schoolgirl has won through to the final of a national talent competition.
Izzy Wood, aged 15, impressed judges at the Open Mic UK contest with her singing talent.
She’ll now compete against other performers from across the UK at London’s O2 Arena in two weeks time.
Her dad Neil said: “The whole family was absolutely ecstatic when the judges announced she was going through to the final - it took a while to sink in.
“There were two ways contestants got through. Either by votes from members of the audience on the day or the judges. Izzy got voted through by the judges, which is a good sign.”
De La Salle pupil Izzy, from Villiers Crescent, Eccleston, only started singing 18 months ago and is now on the verge of scooping one of the biggest prizes in the music business, with the winner landing a recording contract and the chance to tour across the country.
Neil added: “She’s done remarkably well and we are all so proud of her - they’ll be a big group of us going down to cheer her on in London.”
Up to 10,000 hopefuls signed up to the competition this year dreaming of embarking on a pop music career.
And this year’s event, which was filmed for a documentary on Sky One, has helped further Izzy’s career as she has landed a day-long recording session at a Liverpool studio.
Izzy, who is currently studying for her GCSEs, and her family have paid tribute to the staff at the De La Salle’s music department, particularly singing tutor Jean-Pascal Heynemand, for their tireless support and help.
They’re also urging St Helens folk to help Izzy secure one of the publicity prizes on offer to final contestants by following the link below to Izzy’s recent video of the Area final performance singing Duffy’s Warwick Avenue at