SINGING sensation Molly Scott is a national champion - and she’s only 10-years-old.
The schoolgirl’s rendition of a Jessie J hit wowed the judges at the UK Festival 4 Stars national finals and was enough to beat off the stiff competition of other hopefuls from all over the UK.
What makes Molly’s feat even more impressive is that she was crowned champion of the Under 14 age category and was up against performers who were up to four years older than her.
After making it through two preliminary stages, Molly, a student at Hartlepool’s Northern School of Music, did not let the big occasion get to her and she nailed her version of Jessie J’s Mamma Knows Best.
“She was absolutely fantastic,” beamed Toni Parker-Harvey, Molly’s vocal teacher at the Church Square-based performance school.
“I knew she would do really well and to be honest I did have a little feeling she would win it, but you just never know going to a competition like that because you don’t know what you’re going to be up against.
“But her voice is just so far advanced for her age and she always performs extremely well when it matters.”
It comes as no surprise after her five-star performance that Toni tips Molly, who lives in Easington and is a pupil at St Teresa’s Primary School, in Hartlepool, for a big future.
“She was absolutely over the moon when it was announced that she had won,” added Toni, who made the trip to Runcorn, in Cheshire, with Molly for the competition.
“But she completely deserves it.
“She has been coming to the school for about a year and a half now and she works so hard.
“I was so proud, everyone associated with the school was, she’s done fantastic.”