COMEDIAN Billy Pearce wasn’t joking when he promised to help make eight-year-old South Yorkshire girl Ebone Jackson a star – even though he’s never heard her sing!
He’s given her a guest starring role on his stage show at Barnsley’s Lamproom Theatre tonight, Sunday, September 11, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
The little singer proved a big hit when she won a Barnsley’s Got Talent pub competition at at the Pheasant Hotel, in Ardsley.
And Billy, who got his own big break as a finalist on TV talent show New Faces, has offered to give her a starring role when his 23-date tour arrives in her home-town.
She came highly recommended to him by pal Jason Thelwell, a presenter on Dearne FM, who helped judge the contest.
Billy, who went on to have his own You Gotta Be Joking BBC TV series and appeared in three Royal Variety Shows, said: “Everyone deserves a break, so I’ve put her on the bill even though I’ve never heard her sing. I have heard great things about her and I can’t wait to see her perform.”
The Gooseacre Primary pupil plans to wow with her own version of the Michael Jackson hit song, Ben, at The Lamproom Theatre, in Westgate.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video report and see Ebone singing Ben.
Around 20 family and friends including mum and dad Hannah and Lee, both 26, brother Levi, five, grandma Sue Nortcliff, 53, and great-gran Nora Pearson, 77, will be there to support her.
Ebone said: “I’m not scared. I’ve even got another song if they want more. It’s what I want to do. I want to be a star.”
Speaking at their home in Windsor Crescent, Middlecliffe, Hannah said: “We’re so grateful to Jason and Billy for giving Ebony her big break.”
Gran Sue added: “She’s better than anything on X Factor. She’ll have us all in tears. Ebone is also a great ballroom dancer but she wants to sing more than anything else and couldn’t turn down an opportunity like this.”
An Audience with Billy Pearce and Special Guests also features local girl band The Poppichix.
* Tickets are £16 each and may be subject to a booking fee. Call 01226 200075 or visit barnsleylamproom.com