Brent Knoll singer scoops second spot in national contest
talented young singer from Brent Knoll impressed a panel of TV
judges when she finished runner-up in a national singing competition
on Saturday (18th January).
Wickens-Sweet, 9, reached the grand final of the 'Star of Stage'
competition in Wales.
contest is the UK's largest musical theatre competition and Gracie
was picked by five top judges to take part.
performed in Saturday's final at The Sherman Theatre in Cardiff
where she was assessed by Connie Fisher, the winner of Andrew
Lloyd Webber's BBC1 Show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria,
and David Mahoney of TV's Only Men Aloud plus other celebrity
raised the roof with an outstanding performance of 'Somewhere
Over The Rainbow', receiving the only standing ovation of the
night, and roars from the audience," her singing coach Siobhan
Johnson told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
came a very close second place. The judges were all amazed by
her incredible voice and maturity for a nine year-old."
Judge Connie Fisher, pictured with Gracie, took time out to speak
to the young singer afterwards. She said was "completely
overwhelmed" by her voice, adding that she is a very special
and extremely talented young singer who will, in her eyes, definitely
be a star of the future.
said that she actually wanted Gracie to win the contest and had
caused a lot of deliberation when choosing the first and second
places. The final placing was decided by the simple fact that
Gracie had longer years ahead of her in this age category compared
with the girl who won. She added that Gracie would be the "next
Saturday's event there were 27 competitors in all and each one
was of an extremely high standard.
talent management agency involved with the show approached Siobhan
afterwards requesting to sign Gracie up there and then as they
were so impressed by her very special talent.
added: "As a singing teacher I can say that Gracie is a very
talented young singer with an incredibly big voice who always
performs with such professionalism and captivation. She most definitely
has the 'X factor' and is a name to look out for in the future.
Myself, her parents and friends are all immensely proud of her
wonderful achievement," added Siobhan.
also thanked Burnham's Princess Theatre for their support towards
Top, Gracie with Connie Fisher and, above, Siobhan Johnson