IF Ellie Danson ever makes it as a professional singer, she will be one of the better spoken ones.
The 17-year-old is soon to head to Manchester University where she will study for a Spanish and Arabic degree.
Bet Britney Spears hasn’t got one of those.
But Ellie’s ultimate ambition is to be a singer and she’s going the right way about it.
The teenager from Pilling has two big competitions coming up this month.
In Manchester on Sunday she performs at the regional final of Teenstar (a national talent competition which searches for the UK’s best teen singers, rappers and vocalists of all genres), then next up she takes centre stage at Britain Does Variety after making it through to the final stages.
Winning either competition could earn her a management contract or a booking on a cruise ship.
In short it could be a major step in the right direction for a young lady who has no doubt what she wants to do with her life. “I do want to be a singer if I can, it’s what I love doing,” said Ellie, a pupil at Lancaster Girls Grammar school.
“I have been part of a girl band called Mellia for the last four years with a couple of other girls and we played gigs all over - at the Pleasure Beach, the Printworks, the O2 Arena. It was great but I’ve decided to go it alone now and hopefully I can do well in these two competitions coming up.”
Asked what music she most likes, Ellie came up with a surprising answer for someone of her tender years.
“I love soul, blues and jazz - Aretha Franklin, people like that,” she said. “I suppose that’s a bit unusual for a teenager but one of my old singing teachers played an old soul song on the piano one day (Sweet Home Chicago) and I ended up just falling in love with it.”
We wish Ellie all the best in the upcoming comps.