KIRKBY singing sensation Lizzie Parsons was crowned this year’s winner of the prestigious Mansfield Rotary Club’s Junior Showtime on Saturday.
The 17-year-old vocalist wowed a packed Palace Theatre audience and the judging panel with a stunning performance of On My Own, from the hit West End musical Les Miserables.
It capped a memorable few weeks for the former Ashfield School pupil, who was also part of Kirkby girl band Bella which performed in the grand final of the Open Mic UK 2011 competition at London’s 02 Arena last month.
“I didn’t really realise it was myself actually (who had won),” said Lizzie, who studies musical theatre at Nottingham’s New College.
“(Event organiser) Paul (Bacon) said act 26 had won and I just looked around and was thinking who was that?”
Lizzie, who has been singing since the age of 10 and lists multi-Grammy award-winner Adele as one of her inspirations, overcame 26 other acts to walk away with the coveted title.
But she revealed that she came close to not entering this year’s contest after missing out on the crown before.
Added Lizzie: “I thought to myself that I might as well go for it - it’s just a stage to perform on, get myself out there and just go for it. My singing teacher said the same, just go for it. Yes I won - I didn’t expect to.”
Lizzie, who hopes to go on to study at the Guildford School of Acting in Surrey, overcame the challenge of one of the strongest fields in recent years.
In joint second place were street dance variety act A.Y.D. - made up of Kailum, Elliott and Colby Richardson - and the Karen Edge Dancers.
And there was also a tie for third place, with dancer Lauren Skinner, of the Christine March School of Dance and street dance act Travis Kerry sharing the honours.
The winner of the Youngsters’ Night for seven to 11 year olds was vocalist Verity Lee-Varley (11), from New Beginnings.
Speaking after the final, Mansfield Rotary Club president, Rotn Keith Ryan, paid tribute to all the performers.
He said: “If that’s a reflection of the talent in Mansfield, then there’s a lot of talent in Mansfield.
“All of them were superb. The confidence of some of the kids was brilliant.
“I was proud to be a part of it.”