SWALLOWNEST songbird Vicky Turner has proved she is a stage sensation - after finishing runner-up in her age group in a top national talent hunt.
The 16-year-old Aston Academy student made it all the way to the finals of the Open Mic UK contest held at the O2 Indigo in London before a crowd of 3,500 people.
Vicky had sung her way through a local heat at Sheffield City Hall, and a regional sing-off in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, before showing off her skills in the capital.
More than 9,000 people entered and there were 29 finalists in her age group.
Vicky even overcame illness to impress the judges with her version of Beyonce’s Till The End of Time.
The teenager said: “I had laryngitis on the day and I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to perform.
“I’d been off school with it too so I did well to sing at all - I couldn’t really speak.”
Vicky’s repertoire contains other pop numbers and she also loves to act and dance.
She said: “I used to take part in amateur drama when I was aged six or seven and when I moved up to main parts I started singing solos.
“I found I loved performing.
“It just grew from there - since then I’ve performed at events at Meadowhall shopping centre twice and it’s good fun.”
Vicky said she would love to be a professional performer and songwriter. She said: “I get such a buzz being on stage, nothing gives me that same excitement.
“But I’m also working hard for my GCSEs as I know I need other options, and I’m going on to sixth-form studies.
“I’m also really grateful to my parents Chris and Dave - they are very proud of me and take me to all my competitions.”