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Young star on TV talent show

A young Uppingham singer has spent her Summer holidays rubbing shoulders with the likes of Olly Murrs and John Newman for a teen TV talent competition.

Eva Rose Finnemore, 12, who attends Uppingham Community College, took part in filming of the CBBC show, Got What It Takes?, where she has been competing alongside seven other contestants aged between 11 and 14.

“It’s been a mental and amazing summer,” said Mel Finnemore, 37, Eva’s mum.

“The whole idea of the show is to do musical challenges such as dance, music video and song-writing challenges.

“All the children are involved in all 10 weeks and all the mums judge the sing-offs at the end of each show.”

Got What It Takes? sees the talented youngsters compete in a sing-off at the end of each episode and four finalists will make the final, with a slot at Radio One’s Big Weekend up for grabs.

The young singers also learn important lessons about the realities of the music industry and life as a ‘pop star ‘ behind the glitz and glamour.

Celebrity mentors in this series include the likes of Olly Murrs and John Newman.

Eva can play seven musical instruments including the piano, bass guitar and flute, and her musical experience shone through during the filming, according to Mel.

“She’s ready to take on the music industry,” said the retained firefighter and stonemason.

“It’s amazing for a 12 year old to see how far forward she is. I’m really proud of her and she’s very level headed and modest.

“I don’t know where she gets her talent from - I would empty a pub if I sang!”

Eva described her experience on the show as ‘amazing’ and ‘fun’.

“It was awesome to meet Olly Murrs and John Newman - they were such lovely people and they were really nice and down to earth,” she said.

Got What It Takes airs for 10 episodes on CBBC, starting September 24 at 5pm.

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