Alisha has her sights set on Brit Idol stardom

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A SINGING star in the making has won a place in the final of a talent competition.

Eleven-year-old Alisha Mahmood, from Halifax, is one of 50 contestants who will battle it out for the title of Brit Idol at the Victoria Hall, Shipley, on Sunday.

They were whittled down from 250 performers at auditions across West Yorkshire.

Alisha earned her place by wowing judges with her rendition of (There’ll be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.

She will now have to impress a judging panel featuring the likes of former Status Quo drummer Jeff Rich and belly dancer Sophie Mei, a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent.

They will be joined by project manager and pianist Bobby Sarwar, vocalist Daniel Bath, Voltage Studios owner Tim Walker and Mutts Nutts recording studio owner Graham Young.

Mr Sarwar, of Bradford media and arts company Motif UK, which has organised the contest, said: “The aim of the contest is to find that raw talent and further develop it for the future by working with them and promoting them in regional as well as national platforms.”

The event takes place between 6.30pm and 10pm and will feature performances from some up-and-coming artists.

Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children and a percentage of the proceeds will be given to Oxfam.

A collection will also be held for the charity on the night.

Visit www.britidol.com or email info@motifuk.com.