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Hero's heading for TV talent show live final at Wembley

Hero with harp
The final in Wembley Arena beckons for Hero on Sunday 19 September

Singer and harpist Hero Melia is through to the final of TV talent show Must Be the Music and already has her first single climbing in the charts.

The 11-year-old from Capel Curig, near Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd, won public support on Sunday night to be voted through to the final of the Sky 1 show.

"It was so unbelievably exciting, but also incredibly scary," said Hero's mother, Alice Douglas, who was doing her best not to pass on her nerves to Hero backstage.

"She was doing maths homework in her dressing room a few hours before the live semi-final, and making felt necklaces with the presenters.

Hero is ecstatic and is currently doing cartwheels round her dressing room!
Heroandtheharp on Twitter

"I didn't want to put any pressure on her because she was so relaxed, so I had to go out into the corridor to pace!"

Even after hearing a yes from each of the judges - Dizzee Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum - Alice wasn't confident of Hero's success in the public phone vote.

"The other acts are older and have big followings on the internet," she explained. "I said 'you've done really well, but that's it - there's no chance you'll be voted through because they're more established'."

Now, Alice and Hero have record labels vying for her attention and her song is for sale as a download.

She is one of six acts who will perform at Wembley Arena on Sunday, 19 September, in the final of Must Be the Music in front of a live audience of about 12,000, as well as those watching on TV.




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