Young stars aim for glory

SUFFOLK'S future superstars will be hoping to prove there's no business like showbusiness after making it through to the final of a national talent competition - and they'll need your help if they're going to win.

SUFFOLK'S future superstars will be hoping to prove there's no business like showbusiness after making it through to the final of a national talent competition - and they'll need your help if they're going to win.

Ipswich singer Jade Peters has progressed to the last 22 of the under-18 vocal category, while Patrick Wilden, 14, from Stowmarket, and Poppy Stevens, 13, from Bacton, will be hoping to light up the dance floor with their show-stopping routine.

16-year-old Jade Peters fought off nearly 10,000 other hopefuls to reach the UK final of Idol 2008 tomorrow, when she could win a £25,000 recording contract.

A celebrity panel will judge the Northgate sixth former and her fellow finalists at Portsmouth Guildhall, including singer Dane Bowers, Eurovision winner and TV presenter Cheryl Baker, and former Steps singer Lee Latchford-Evans.

Jade, who lives in Forfar Close and has been performing as long as she can remember, was chosen ahead of thousands of other young entrants at the regional final in October after wowing a packed Corn Exchange with her rendition of Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'.

And the songstress won't be short of support this weekend as she plans to take with her a bus load of family and friends.

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She said: “I've got 29 people coming along in a minibus to cheer me on. I can't wait to get there and sing but I'm quite nervous.”

Jade narrowly missed out on the later rounds of this year's X Factor, but this time she's determined to come back to Ipswich with the title.

Jade will be singing Toni Braxton's 'How Could an Angel Break My Heart' on the night.

Patrick and Poppy have been dancing together for the last four years. They met each other in a disco class at Cara Lee Dancing School in Stowmarket and hit it off immediately. Since then they have competed in national championships and were at one time ranked ninth in the country for their Latin dancing.

Stowupland pupil Poppy, who lives in Station Road, Bacton, started dancing when she was six. She said: “I'm really excited about performing but a bit nervous. The producers told us we're the youngest people still left in the competition.”

Patrick, who attends Stowmarket High and lives in Hill Rise, began strutting his stuff at the tender age of five, perfecting his moves in freestyle, rock n roll, and disco.

He said: “Our teachers are a big influence on us as well as some of the Strictly Come Dancing pros.

“On Saturday we'll be dancing to 'Black or White' by Michael Jackson and 'Little Bitty Pretty One'.

To vote for Jade to win, text idol30 to 84222. For Patrick and Poppy it's idol07. Texts cost £1 and half the money goes to charity.

Are you a star in the making? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

THE competition offers singers and dancers the opportunity to win a £25,000 recording contract and be crowned the UK's Idol 2008.

The vocal winners win loads of prizes and release their single with the aim of chart fame.

The dance winners go on a UK tour and appear in the video for the vocal winner's single.