Teenager youngest to qualify for next round of TeenStar contest

TeenStar entrant Olivia Crawford.
TeenStar entrant Olivia Crawford.

A TEENAGER is on the money with her singing skills after becoming the youngest in her category to get through to the next round of a talent show.

Thirteen-year-old Olivia Crawford has put in hours of practice at her piano, guitar and singing lessons, with her vocal work now paying off after securing a place in the next stage of the TeenStar competition.

She spends hours and hours practising with Georgia and hopes to pursue her dreams to become successful within the industry.

Mum Leesa Crawford

The judges put her through to the North East Regional Finals in Huddersfield next month after they were impressed at an audition in Newcastle with her performance of Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar.

Olivia, a pupil at Manor Community Academy in Hartlepool who has sung from a young age, worked with her singing coach Andy Carroll in preparation for the event, with hopes high she will make it through to the final in London.

She has also been supported by Red Dreams charity, which helps young musicians.

Her mum Leesa, 39, who is also mum to Georgia, 20, son Sam, 15, and to stepdaughters Stacey, 29, and Jordan, 23, said: “Enjoys singing at local charity events hosted by Red Dreams who have helped and encouraged her along the way with her singing and song writing skills.

“They have given her lots of opportunities to sing at events in her town.

“She is currently writing her fourth original song with the help of her sister, Georgia, who also writes music and plays the piano.

“She spends hours and hours practising with Georgia and hopes to pursue her dreams to become successful within the industry.”