WHEN talented performer Lydia Dunn had to quit dancing two years ago due to hip problems, she was devastated.
But it didn’t stop the 17-year-old from doing what she loves - getting on stage and performing.
Instead Lydia focused on her singing, a good decision judging by her recent success in the prestigious Teen Star competition.
Lydia, who lives in the Brierton Lane area of Hartlepool, wowed the judges at the regional stage of the competition, held at the Tyne Theatre, in Newcastle, with her rendition of Emeli Sande’s Clown.
And she is now set for the big stage again after qualifying for the area finals, to be held in Huddersfield next month.
But the modest A-level student said she has already exceeded her own expectations by making it through the regional round of qualifiers.
“I really just entered to get some more experience,” said Lydia, who lives with her parents Wayne and Samantha, both 39, and younger brother Charlie, seven.
“It’s the first really big competition I have entered and I was so nervous.
“I’m really quite self-critical as well so after I had performed I had no idea that I was going to be put through.”
Lydia, a student at Miss Toni’s Academy of Singing and Performing Arts, in Park Road, only started singing two years ago.
She had grown up competing as a dancer but started suffering problems with her hips and was told she would have to quit.
“That was absolutely awful,” she said.
“Dancing was what I loved doing but I still wanted to perform so that’s when I decided my singing more seriously.”
Lydia, a student at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington, thanked her teacher, Toni Parker-Harvey, for her “amazing” support.
And the teen is now contemplating what song to perform when she attempts to impress the judges again in the next round. Should Lydia qualify again, she will be one step closer to reaching the Grand Final in London.