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Monday, 15 July, 2002, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Youngster follows in Church's footsteps
Demi Holborn
Demi Holborn wants to teach the world to sing
A south Wales schoolgirl is set to become the next Charlotte Church with the release of her debut single on Monday.

Demi Holborn, was offered a recording contract with Universal after winning a talent competition judged by the man who discovered Church - her former manager Jonathan Shalit.

Charlotte Church
Opera diva Charlotte Church

The 10-year-old from Pontypool, south Wales has compiled a double 'A' side single with cover versions of two old tracks "I'd like to teach the world to sing" and "My boy".

The youngster is following in the footsteps of opera diva Charlotte Church from Cardiff who found fame after entering a similar competition.

Church, who is waiting for her GSCE results, has sung in front of the Pope, Prince Charles and Bill Clinton among others.

The soprano was steered in the first few years of her career by Mr Shalit, who later accepted an undisclosed settlement after taking court action for being sacked.

Demi, a keen ballerina, now hopes her single will be as popular and hit the top spot in the charts.

She was entered into the competition when her older brother, Curtis, secretly sent a tape to the organisers.

Charlotte Church versus Demi Holborn
Charlotte found fame at 12
Demi was discovered at 10
Jonathan Shalit managed Charlotte
Jonathan Shalit judged Demi
Charlotte sings opera
Demi sings pop

"My brother send the tape in and a letter saying how proud he was of me," said Demi.

"The tape had gone missing for a couple of days and we were searching and searching for it," she added.

When the family gave up their search for the tape, they received a telephone call announcing that Demi had got through to the final 15.

She was among over 6000 entries, but her rendition of Celine Dion's "Think Twice" won her the contest.

Demi's family have supported the youngster's bid for fame.

Her father, Mike, revealed that Demi has been entertaining since she was three-years-old.

"She is a natural and has always enjoyed singing and dancing," he said.

Demi, who put off an audition to the National Youth Ballet to enter the competition, is joined on the single by her classmates from Pontnewynydd Primary school in Pontypool.

Demi Holborn holding CD
Demi's single is on sale from Monday

Headmaster Brian Jones said Demi suggested using the school choir on the backing track to the record producers.

"The children gave up their Saturday to help record the track and they had a smashing time.

"It is brilliant for Demi and all of her friends. She has a fantastic voice," he added.

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