Tilly McLaren, Haslemere’s star of ITV’s The Voice Kids UK, is “back to being a normal schoolgirl” after missing out on a place in the semi-finals.
Two groups of three from each team battled to be the single winner going through to the next contest, with Team Danny’s Tilly, Jack and Jude performing Reef’s Put Your Hands Up and Jack winning through.
Eleven-year-old Tilly (pictured) said: “Watching my ‘Battle’ on Saturday night was fantastic.
“I had lots of my friends over for a sleepover, my mum calls them my super-fans.
“Danny chose a rock song for us to sing, which was originally written for a man and was not like anything I have ever sung before. I gave it my best shot.
“Being selected to appear on The Voice Kids UK was the most amazing moment of my life.
“Getting through as far as I did makes me feel so proud. It was a dream come true. I was chauffeured around in my own limo, stayed in nice hotels, was treated like a celebrity by the ITV team.
“I got to work with amazing voice coaches, with super talented musicians in a real grown up recording studio and, of course, I met the big celebrities during filming.
“The bits I loved most were having a stylist choose my outfits, which I got to keep, and having a hotel receptionist ask for my autograph.
“I’m back to being a normal school girl now, concentrating on my last weeks at Camelsdale Primary before I move on to Bohunt in September. But watch this space – this is just the start and I’m excited for new opportunities ahead.”
Her mum Vicky added: “I am bursting with pride at what Tilly achieved and still can’t quite believe it actually happened. Watching my little girl hold her own and enjoy working with big celebrities in front of a huge production team – cameras, sound crew, producers, directors, and agents was unbelievable. Tilly looked so little up there but was loving every minute of it.
“We have been overwhelmed by the support she received locally from her performing friends at Stagecoach Liphook and Haslemere Thespians and from Camelsdale school especially Mr Whillier, Mr Gammon, her headmistress Mrs Palmer, and of course all of our friends and family who have sent so many messages of congratulations and pride.
“I have a feeling it’s just the beginning for Tilly.”