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Crystal Cooper

Crystal Cooper

First published in Entertainments Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

A SOUTHAMPTON teenager is a step closer to her dream of superstardom – after scooping a second chance to perform at London’s O2 Arena.

Brockenhurst College student Crystal Cooper, from Totton, has reached the final of national contest Open Mic UK.

The 17-year-old will now sing in front of a panel of industry experts in the hope of winning £50,000 worth of help with her blossoming singing career.

Crystal, described by judges in an earlier round of auditions as having a ‘vaultless vocal’, was also a finalist in the under-16 category of the same contest last year.

“It was amazing when I performed there – such a good experience and hopefully I will enjoy it even more this time around.

“I was a little bit nervous before, but now I know what to expect.

“I normally perform at family parties and things. Everywhere I am I get up and have a song.

After college, I hope to make singing a career.”

Crystal is keeping her song choice top secret, but has previously performed hits by Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera and LeAnn Rimes.

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