We’ll show Britain that Halifax has got variety

Petula Hanson, 16
Petula Hanson, 16
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NOT one but two talent-show hopefuls are celebrating after making it through to the final of a nationwide competition.

The pair of Halifax wannabes have won places in the regional final of Britain’s Got Variety, which takes place at Cleckheaton Town Hall on April 3.

If they win, they get the chance to perform at the 02 arena in London. Petula Hanson, 16, won her place by singing Adele’s Someone like You.

She said: “I’ve never entered a competition. This is my first but I’m used to singing on my own or doing karaoke.”

She said it would be “amazing” to get through to perform at the renowned arena.

The Calderdale College pupil, from Greetland, is studying performing arts and wants to follow in the footsteps of her singing idol, Jessie J.

Petula has had singing lessons with Gareth Gates’s former vocal coach.

Petula’s mum, Cheryl Cooper, said: “As she’s got older, she’s developed her own style It’s something I’ve said she needs to bring out of herself.”

Auditionee Adris Asghar – who got to the quarter-finals of the Sky TV show Got to Dance – has also made it through.

The self-taught dancer performs street dancing, break dancing, locking, hip-hop and freestyle moves to a soundtrack.

He says he hopes his personality will bag him a place on the London stage.

“I’m really bubbly. I have a good sense of humour and I think if people in Halifax can put themselves on the map for celebrity status then there will be more people who will want to dance and enter competitions,” he said.

He grew up watching acts like Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys and said he always wanted to be a dancer.

The sixth-year medical student said he hopes local support will help him through.

“That’s my day job – this is my hobby. But I just want to see how far I can go with it,” said Adris, whose act is called AJ The One.

Tickets for the final are £9. For more details visit http://britain-does- variety.co.uk