A 14-YEAR-OLD schoolgirl has a foot on the ladder to stardom after beating thousands of other hopefuls in a nationwide talent competition.
Sophie Bond, a pupil at St Nicholas Catholic High School, Hartford, won £1000 cash, a holiday and a manager after winning the grand final of Search for a Star 2008, organised by The Daily Star.
Sophie, who lives on Pinewood Road, Winsford, wowed a panel of judges including Bobby Ball and TV critic Gary Bushell with a performance of the Shania Twain hit Honey, I’m Home to triumph over 25 other finalists at Blackpool Pier last month.
“When they announced the winner the place erupted - we couldn’t believe it!” said Sophie’s mum, Diane. “We are all so proud of her.
“She really didn’t think she’d win, she was shocked. It was like the X-Factor!”
Sophie has won a 12-month contract with manager Tony Clayman, and is due to meet him in London in the coming weeks. And the family are praying she will win a record deal.
Diane said: “Sophie’s always wanted to be a singer, it’s what she loves. Bobby Ball approached her at one of the early auditions and said he thought she was absolutely brilliant, so we’re all hoping she’ll get a contract. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.”