A WIGAN 10-year-old is making an early bid for pop stardom after winning a chance to perform at Britain’s biggest venue.
Henry Gallagher, of Standish, battled it against other young singers to win the North West and Midlands area final of TeenStar.
The Wood Fold Primary School pupil is now busy preparing for the national final at London’s O2 Arena on July 7!
He said: “I am really excited because it is one of my lifelong dreams to perform at the O2 Arena.
“When I first auditioned I was not sure how far I would get because of the amount of quality talent around me.
“I don’t know what my chances are of winning as this is the final stage and the acts will be really good.
“But to win would mean the world to me, It would just prove to loads of people that I am not just a 10-year-old boy and that I can sing and perform.
“I am not sure what song I will do – either a Bruno Mars or Olly Murs medley.
“I don’t really get nervous. I tend to get nervous travelling to the venue, as I don’t know where I am going, but when I am there, I feel more relaxed. From this I hope people will spot me and ask me to do more gigs and go on from there.
Mum Marie said: “We are extremely proud parents. Henry has practised really hard and we think he is really talented too.
“Hey always has such a great time performing and will love it even more in front of a significantly bigger audience.”
Henry is not the only member of his family with musical talent.
His 16-year-old sister, Ellen made the semi-finals of last year’s Britain’s Got Talent, with girl group Be Minor.
TeenStar is open to groups and soloists and is divided into age categories, Henry being in the pre-teens section.
The latter stages of the competition provide acts with the chance to impress record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry.
For more details visit www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk