Yazzy Chamberlain, 15, wows regional judges to book a place at the NEC in July

A WESTWARD Ho! teenager has reached the grand finals of a national singing competition.

Yazzy Chamberlain, 15, will be heading to Birmingham’s NEC on July 19 after proving herself among the best of the 10,000 entrants and making it through the local auditions round and the area finals of Teenstar – earning rave reviews from the judges to be named ‘act of the day’ on both occasions.

Yazzy, who is currently studying her GCSEs at Kingsley School in Bideford, was one of only five acts to make it through in the mid-teen category of the regional finals.

The young singer-songwriter got to the national finals last year, won by last year’s X-Factor finalist Luke Friend, and feels that experience has helped her this time around.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “Last year I couldn’t believe that I got through and this year I’m enjoying it a lot more because I can take it all in.

“I’ve been writing songs since about the age of 10 and it’s really become a passion.”

Yazzy performed her own songs in both rounds, called ‘Let me know’ and ‘Monday morning blues’,earning rave reviews from the industry-expert judges.

“We were thrilled with the feedback she got and it was pretty amazing that she won the act of the day in both rounds,” said proud mum Elaine.

“I don’t think we realised what a big deal it was last year. This sort of feedback helps her realise she is heading down the right road.”

Even at the age of 15, Yazzy is already planning to record a second EP this year, after busking to raise money to record debut release ‘Three kisses’ last summer.

“I think TeenStar has given me so much confidence.

“You can’t be worried about what other people think about you; you’ve just got to be yourself.”