Burnham’s Mayor has given his backing to Brent Knoll singer Gracie Wickens-Sweet, who will be appearing on the live semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent tonight (Wednesday) when she’ll need viewers’ votes to progress to the final.

The 11-year-old was selected by the celebrity judges last weekend to appear on today’s live semi-final show, which will be screened at 7.30pm on ITV1.

Burnham’s Mayor, Cllr Michael Clarke, told Burnham-On-Sea.com he will be supporting Gracie tonight. “I’ll certainly be watching and will have my fingers crossed that she does well.”

“We need everyone to vote for Gracie tonight to get her onto the weekend final. It’s an incredible achievement to have got this far.”

“Having heard her at Burnham’s Christmas lights switch-on last December, I know what a talented singer she is.”

Gracie gave a powerful performance of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ earlier in the month on Britain’s Got Talent, earning four yeses from the celebrity judges who included Simon Cowell.

Her mum, Anne Sweet, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “We’re so excited about the live shows and hope that people do support her by voting as many times as they can!”

“The experience has been incredible for Gracie – she’s enjoying every minute. To get through to the final 40 or so contestants is such an achievement.”

On last week’s show, Simon Cowell called her “really likeable” while Amanda Holden described her performance as “just fantastic!”

Gracie won Burnham-On-Sea’s ‘BOS Factor’ talent show last November when she wowed the audience by singing the same song.

Last month, dozens of supporters crowded into Brent Knoll Parish Hall for a special concert by the young singer, as reported here. Gracie, a pupil at Hugh Sexey School, also previously competed in the UK’s Teenstar talent competition where she reached the area finals and got selected for the O2 final by the judges.

Gracie’s confident performance of ‘Over the Rainbow’ won last year’s ‘BOS Factor’ talent competition in Burnham, as reported here.