TWO TALENTED teenagers and a pair of bubbly brothers were the latest acts to make it into the semi-final of this year’s Search for a Star.
Demi Leigh and Chloe Hall, both 17, took up two of the places at the Austin Sports and Social Club in Longbridge on Saturday (January 17), while DNA – made up of Richard and Matthew Beckett – also made it through.
Demi wowed the audience with her versions of The Real Thing’s You To Me Are Everything and Guns n Roses’ Sweet Child O Mine.
She said: “I had come mainly for the experience and didn’t expect to get through – I think everyone here was brilliant.”
She added she would be trying some new songs out ahead of the semis.
Chloe overcame some technical problems during her rendition of Abba’s Waterloo on her way through.
“The audience were so great the way they supported me and I’m already looking forward to the semi-finals,” she said.
Richard and Matthew have been singing at holiday camps since they were about eight years old, but have only recently started entering competitions.
The crowd at the Austin really warmed to them and the chemistry was there for all to see as they belted out classics including Take That’s Rule the World and I Wanna Be Like You from Disney’s Jungle Book.
Speaking after being the only act on the night to get a standing ovation, Richard said: “We always love performing here – everyone has been so great.
“There was a fantastic line-up, it must have been so hard for the judges.”
Matthew added: “We are grateful to get through to the next round.”
The next heat in Search for a Star takes place at the Austin Sports and Social Club at 8pm on Saturday (January 24).