Singing schoolgirl in national final of talent contest

Hesleden singer Courtney Hadwin, 10, is through to the national finals of Teen Star.
Hesleden singer Courtney Hadwin, 10, is through to the national finals of Teen Star.

A singing schoolgirl is on the road to success after making it to the final of a national contest.

Courtney Hadwin, from Hesleden, is heading to the grand final of Teen Star.

The 10-year-old secured the coveted spot with her rendition of Rihanna’s We Found Love at the area finals in Huddersfield at the weekend.

Now, the Hesleden Primary School pupil, big sister to Paul, eight, and Melissa, six, will head to the Birmingham NEC for the final on July 25.

Her dad Paul, 28, said: “We couldn’t believe it when Courtney got through, it was amazing.

“It’s going to be very emotional seeing her singing up on that big stage.

I’m very excited to get this far in the competition, it’s amazing and I’m really looking forward to singing at the Birmingham NEC on such a big stage.

Courtney Hadwin

“We entered her into it for her confidence more than anything else and it’s been so great for her.

“There were so many other great singers that we didn’t expect her to get this far and we’re so proud of her.

“Getting through the regional finals was fantastic but to make it through another round and to the national final is just brilliant.”

Previous winners of the contest include X Factor finalists Luke Friend and Lucy Spraggan, who have gone on to sign recording contracts.

Prizes include £5,000 , recording studio time and singing lessons.

Courtney said: “I’m very excited to get this far in the competition, it’s amazing and I’m really looking forward to singing at the Birmingham NEC on such a big stage.”

Paul added: “She’s really confident when she’s singing, and her singing teacher, Peter Rowlands, has done so much to help her build that up.

“She always says she wants to be a singer or a singing teacher.”