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Karen from Consett will sing on Your Country Needs You
Karen Harding - Your Country Needs You finalist
Karen could represent the UK in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

Karen Harding, from Consett, is one of six contestants that will appear on national television hoping to sing her way to the Eurovision Song Contest.

With fans including the likes of Pete Waterman already, she hopes to impress the judges on Your Country Needs You on Friday 12 March.

Six will be whittled down to three and then the public will decide the winner.

If Karen is successful, she will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest finals in Oslo, Norway in May.

Karen, 18, has had no formal training - but two years ago she did manage to beat South Shields' Joe McElderry at a singing contest in Durham before he found fame on The X Factor.

"Joe's done himself a great job winning The X Factor, that's a massive thing, hopefully I can do just as good being able to get through to Eurovision this year."

Karen is now looking to make her own name known, not only in the UK, but across Europe.

Pete Waterman

Karen has already been through a rigorous audition process to reach the final six but has certainly caught the eye of Pete Waterman.

She says: "Pete Waterman has been very positive, very helpful, and I've got to make sure I keep focused and really sing it.

"What's important to Pete is that, lyrically, every word is meant and that it comes from the heart.

"So that's my main goal and make sure the public can see how much it means to me."

Pete Waterman
Pete Waterman has been giving advice to Karen Harding

Pop routines

Through the auditions the contestants had to perform pop songs. Which, if you have been lucky enough to have heard Karen before, is a little different from what she's used to.

"Normally I wouldn't sing pop songs," she explains: "because for a long time I've been doing power ballads, RnB, jazz and soul.

"I must admit that pop is definitely growing on me, especially the routines. I've got an awesome routine to do so I'm really looking forward to that."

Karen will be performing on Your Country Needs You, hosted by Graham Norton on BBC One, on Friday 12 March at 8:30pm.

If successful, Karen will definitely sing at the Eurovision Song Contest as the UK automatically advance to the final along with France, Germany, Spain and the hosting country Norway.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Oslo in Norway. The two semi-finals will take place on the 25 and 27 May, with the final on Saturday, 29 May, 2010.

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