Pop idol success for Lydia

BEING her idol Britney Spears has taken a Felixstowe youngster to the final of a national talent contest.Lydia Carey just loves the 22-year-old singing sensation and the chance to get on stage and be like her was too good to miss.

BEING her idol Britney Spears has taken a Felixstowe youngster to the final of a national talent contest.

Lydia Carey just loves the 22-year-old singing sensation and the chance to get on stage and be like her was too good to miss.

The eleven-year-old dressed like the popstar and sang the song Sometimes from her first album Baby One More Time - and the judges agreed that they would certainly like to hear it again.

They chose Lydia, of Valley Walk, Felixstowe, as the winner and she progressed to the end-of-season final, which she has also now won.

Lydia, a pupil at Colneis Junior School, was on holiday with her mum Julie and dad Steve, and sisters Vicky, 15, and Millie, 13, at Park Resorts' holiday camp near Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight, when she took part in the talent contest.

Mrs Carey said that last week she was invited back to take part in the end-of-season final against all the winners of the 12-week summer season shows.

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"She sang the same Britney song and was again chosen as the winner - now she goes on to the national final at Scarborough to face the winners from the other holiday parks around the country," she said.

"We are all absolutely thrilled - especially Lydia, who was so excited.

"She used to be such an introvert when she was tiny and very shy, and to be quite honest we were amazed when she wanted to get up on stage and perform in front of so many people - it seemed so daunting. But she really enjoys it and has grown in confidence.

"But she performed brilliantly and really enjoyed it, and now she has a trophy and other prizes and is looking forward to the big final. We are just so pleased for her."

It's been a busy year for Lydia, who has also been a Felixstowe Carnival princess - chosen from 64 other girls.

She took part in the town's big parade and celebrations, and also attended other events to represent the resort.

Factfiles:

Name: Britney Jean Spears

Date of birth: December 2, 1981

Height: 5ft 4in

Eyes: Hazel brown

Zodiac sign: Sagittarius

Born: Kentwood, Louisiana, USA

Educated: Attended schools in her hometown as well as the Professional Performing Arts School in New York for three years.

Showbiz experience: Failed first audition for part in Mickey Mouse Show on Disney Channel at the age of eight, but after three years at stage school got a part. Later joined an all-girls group before going solo and on to worldwide success selling millions of albums.

Ambition: Britney has been quoted as saying: "Marry Prince William? I'd love that. Who wouldn't want to be a princess?"

Name: Lydia Carey

Date of birth: October 2, 1993

Height: 4ft 7in

Eyes: Blue

Zodiac sign: Libra

Born: Ipswich Hospital

Educated: Fairfield Infants and Colneis Junior Schools in Felixstowe.

Showbiz experience: Took part in Spa Pavilion youth summer project Annie last year and again this year in Fame in the chorus of both productions, and has also been in school play Evacuee. Has won through to national talent contest final.

Ambition: Would love to be a teacher.

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