A TEENAGE singer from North Derbyshire who was told she could be a ‘superstar’ on Britain’s Got Talent is hoping to make her lifelong dream come true.
Chelsea Redfern, aged 18, wowed judges on the top talent show on Saturday night with her version of Prince’s 1984 classic Purple Rain – and even got a standing ovation from the audience.
She has now been shortlisted for one of the live semi-final places later in the series.
Chelsea, of Stanley Avenue, Inkersall, Chesterfield, said: “It’s crazy because I have wanted this for so long and now it’s sort of happening.
“It was really intense to watch my audition back, because I couldn’t really remember it. It was good to see, but also nerve-wracking.”
Chelsea’s performance and personality impressed the judging panel of the popular show – and she was almost in tears as the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Actor and comedian David Walliams told her: “You’re a beautiful girl, you have a lovely personality and a voice like that. You could be a superstar.”
And show supremo, pop mogul Simon Cowell told her: “You’ve got something really quite distinctive in your voice. Not only do you sound like a pop star, you look like a pop star.”
But Chelsea, who won Chesterfield’s Got Talent in 2009 and also made the second stage of The X Factor last year, still feels she has more to give.
The former pupil at Staveley’s Netherthorpe School said: “I hope I do carry on in the show, because I feel I could have done a little bit better in my audition.
“I’d like to show everyone what I can do.
“At the moment I’m doing office administration work for my dad, it’s really boring.
“I have been writing my own songs and stuff so I would love to be a recording artist.”