Elizabeth a talented young songbird studying at Brixham College, is realising her ambitions to be on the stage whilst hoping her talent will take her through to the prestigious Grand Final of TeenStar – the UK’s only singing and dancing competition exclusively for teens and preteens.
Elizabeth, who performs under the stage name Lizzy D, has sung ever since she could talk. She has been earning her performance stripes at open mics in her hometown of Paignton and at Brixham College’s annual MMADD show to improve her stage presence and boost her confidence in front of live audiences. After saving up her pocket money to buy a Roland Amp, she has also taken up a Saturday job with a difference, sharing her sound outdoors to busk as a street musician.
Even though she has captured the professional judges’ eyes at TeenStar, she says she “is keen to pursue a career in music, whatever the outcome”. She is certainly one step closer having been chosen to perform twice at this year’s Paignton Regatta on Weds 9th August, then as part of the warm up line-up for the Little Mix tribute band on the Friday.
“She loves performing and has never faltered on her dream. She is incredibly focused, knows what she wants to do and what she wants to be,” says Mum Justina Stanway. “We’re incredibly proud of her and as long as she is enjoying the journey, we’re happy for her to stay on this path,” adds dad Paul Stanway.
Lizzy D beat thousands of hopefuls across the country to make it this far, securing a place at TeenStar’s South Final showcase which takes place in London on Sunday 28th May. Pitting her vocal ability and star quality against 25 other budding performers, she will sing a song by Demi Lovato, one of her favourites and hope that her performance earns her a place at the National Grand Final in July where she will have the chance to win huge prizes and sponsorship opportunities including recording an album and shooting a music video.
“I’m really pleased to have made it so far in the competition and have really enjoyed taking part. It’s been a lot of fun and a great experience. I just want to choose the right song for the occasion and do my best on the day,” says Lizzy D. With a Grade 8 in vocal performance, she is putting everything she’s learnt so far into practice, singing up to an hour a day in preparation for the TeenStar semi-finals.
Lizzy D received a big thumbs-up from TeenStar judges during her audition stage and April’s live regional finals in Bristol, where she competed in the preteen category against 22 acts in front of a live audience and was 1 of 8 acts to make it through to the South area finals.
“Good committed performance, you expressed the song well. Song choice was good and you varied the dynamics well to be on a different level to your peers,” said TeenStar Industry judge Chris Grayston, head of future productions and music consultant for Sony, Thames TV and Syco Entertainment.
“It’s great to see her get the recognition she deserves, doing something that she loves. We hope she delivers a strong performance at the semi-finals and goes all the way! Whatever the outcome, performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel will be a fantastic experience!” says Graeme Hardman, faculty leader for creative media at Brixham College.Follow