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Hero's dream comes true after Must Be the Music final

Hero with harp
Hero got a big cheer from the 13,000 Wembley Arena final audience

Hero Melia has been offered record deals and a new harp after her appearance in the final of TV talent show Must Be the Music.

Despite being beaten in the Sky 1 final by Emma's Imagination, the 11-year-old from Capel Curig, near Betws y Coed, said the experience of playing to 13,000 people at Wembley Arena was amazing.

"They were telling me backstage that it would be all black out there and I wouldn't be able to see any of the audience, but I could see every single person," said Hero.

"I wanted to run off stage and say, 'you're wrong - I can see everybody'!"

Hero was given one of the biggest cheers of the night for her performance, but wasn't very happy with the judges' comments.

Only minutes after winning her semi-final last week, she was asked by production staff to choose a cover song for her Wembley debut, rather than sing one of her own compositions as she had in earlier rounds.

I would love to do a record, maybe with a few cover versions, but mostly my own songs because they mean something to me
Hero Melia

She was offered Angel, by Sarah McLachlan, only to have judge Sharleen Spiteri say it wasn't her kind of song.

"It really annoyed me because the judges helped choose the song for me," said Hero. "I was desperate to do one of my own songs.

"But I'm totally fine about it now. I got to the final and that was great."

It was another emotional night for her mother, Alice Douglas.

"Hearing 13,000 people screaming 'Hero' was very emotional," said Alice.

"I said she had to enjoy the experience. She played for 13,000 people who loved her - think of the positives because people will always criticise you if you're in the public eye. That's the nature of it, so you find your way round it."

This advice should stand Hero in good stead as she decides which record deal to accept.

Overwhelming

"I'll let her make a record because that's what she wants to do," said Alice. "But I feel we need to go home to Wales, take the puppy for a walk, have some space then see if she's ready to sign".

So it's back to school for Hero who had hoped to buy herself a new harp if she won the contest.

"It's been a bit overwhelming," she admitted. "Some people think I'm amazing, but there's always some who think it's not good.

"I would love to do a record, maybe with a few cover versions, but mostly my own songs because they mean something to me.

"Some record labels said they'd buy me a new harp. So no matter whether I won or not, my dream's still come true."




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