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Beth Flanagan who is through to regional finals of a national singing competition, live and unsigned.

Beth Flanagan who is through to regional finals of a national singing competition, live and unsigned.

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A BUDDING singer from Castleford hit all the right notes when she made it through to the regional finals of a national competition after wowing a judging panel.

Beth Flanagan, 14, of Smawthorne Lane, impressed judges at the LIve and Unsigned auditions in Dewsbury in January with a song she had written herself, securing a place in the regional finals.

If all goes well, Beth could win a place in the overall final of the competition at the O2 in London.

Beth, a Castleford High School pupil, said: “I have been singing seriously for about five or six years and my singing teacher suggested I enter the competition.

“I was really nervous at the audition stage because my teacher told me it was a very big competition. The audition went well but the judges said they could tell I was nervous so I am working on that for next time.”

Beth will perform her song, Criminal, at the regional heat on March 27 in Dewsbury in a bid to grab a spot in the grand final.

Georgina Hill-Brown, her singing teacher, said: “Beth’s song for the competition is bubbly and up tempo so we’ve got a dance teacher and dancers together to add to her performance. She’s gone all out for it, she’ll be great.”

Beth isn’t the only local talent through to contest’s regional finals. Ashes, a band comprising Sebastian Jarno, 18, from Featherstone, and South Elmsall friends Andy Halsall, 25, Ben Watson, 22 and Mike Harrison, 22, impressed the judging panel at a show in Sheffield City Hall and will appear there again in a regional heat on April 3.