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Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Girls' Division pupil and singing sensation Iman Orths is hoping to get her big break by performing for the royal family — after her performances have proved a big hit on the internet.
More than 180,000 people have logged on to watch Iman perform chart-topping hits on YouTube. Now, the talented Bolton School pupil is to take to the stage at the Liverpool Empire Theatre in a bid to be chosen to perform in front of royalty.
Iman is one of 13 appearing on Sunday, September 16, and has been selected from more than 1,000 under-18s. Her audition tape was of her singing 'Next To Me' by Emeli Sande, which has had more than 68,000 hits on YouTube. On Sunday, she will be perform a mash up of Rihanna’s 'We Found Love' and Karmin’s 'Brokenhearted'.
Iman only discovered her singing talent when she performed at a concert while playing the piano in Horwich. Now she has uploaded 17 videos which have received more than 180,000 hits. She said: “I was quite nervous performing at the concert two years ago, but the reaction I got from the audience made me really happy.After that I started singing more and the feedback I have got is so positive that it has made me more confident."
Following this success, Iman decided to audition for a place in the Royal Gala to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at a Children’s Royal Variety show at London’s Savoy Theatre. The judging panel who chose Iman to perform at Liverpool included Arlene Phillips, X Factor musical director Nigel Wright and Yvie Burnett, voice coach on the BBC's The Voice.Iman said: “Things have happened so fast, but I am enjoying it. It was amazing to have been chosen. I really love singing. I do want to be a singer, but I also want to continue with my education and go on to university.”
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