‘Britain’s Got Talent’ hope for Burnley teen

Fame could be on the cards for teenage Burnley singing sensation Rhiain Thornton who is all set to appear on the smash hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent.

Rhiain has reached the second round of auditions for the ITV show, hosted by Ant and Dec, after she wowed a panel of judges with her singing in Manchester they gave her three “yes’s.’’

Rhiain Thornton

Rhiain Thornton

The fifteen-year-old will now sing for the judges again in February and if successful she could be put forward for the show that has made international stars of singers Paul Potts, Susan Boyle and street dance group Diversity.

Rhiain, a Year 11 student at Blessed Trinity RC College in Burnley, said: “I am really excited about it, this is my big chance. I have been singing since I was a little girl and I learned to sing, dance and act at BASICS.’’

Rhiain is hoping it will be fourth time lucky with Britain’s Got Talent as she has been turned down previously by judges who said her voice was not fully developed. So Rhiain started having singing lessons before entering a competition called Starmaker. She won £750 and a recording session which helped her to get recognised and chosen to perform in several gigs and concerts including Help for Heroes at the Union in Colne and the Green Rock Festival. Rhiain auditoned for the Burnley Blues Festival before making it through to the finals of “Open Mic UK’’ a showcase for budding talent. But fate stepped in and unlucky Rhiain had to pull out due to illness.

Rhiain was one of the finalists in Burnley’s own talent competition Search For A Star and she recently sang a solo at her school’s awards night.