Isle of Wight singer Charlie Mai Walkden, who is competing in the regional final of the TeenStar competition.
A GIRL from the Isle of Wight is hoping to take a step closer towards making her pop star dreams a reality this weekend.
Singer Charlie Mai Walkden, 12, of Cadets Walk, East Cowes, will be aiming to excel at the regional final of TeenStar — pitched against hundreds of other hopefuls — at Fareham Theatre on Sunday.
The youngster entered the competition after she read about it in Bliss magazine and was selected with five others following a tough audition against 2,000 other hopefuls.
She made it through by singing the Corinne Bailey Rae hit, Put Your Records On.
If successful, the Christ the King College pupil, who aspires to be like successful American singer Taylor Swift, will go through to the national final at the O2 Arena in London, where she could be snapped up by a recording label if she impresses.
She said: "I have wanted to be a pop star from a very young age, so when I read about the competition I thought I might as well enter it.
"I love to sing and I just thought I’d give it a go."
TeenStar is one of several new national talent contests searching for the next British star — looking for the best teen and pre-teen singers, singer-songwriters and rappers of all musical genres.