Talent show finalist is now becoming a judge

Britain's Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith has been invited to be a talent show judge
Britain's Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith has been invited to be a talent show judge
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Britain’s Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith has promised to be more Amanda Holden than Simon Cowell when she takes her place as a talent show judge.

The 16-year-old Kettering mezzo-soprano, who shot to fame on the ITV talent show in 2008, has been invited to be a judge at Festival4Stars at Drayton Manor Park on Sunday.

Faryl, who is busy preparing for A-Level exams at Southfield School for Girls, said: “I don’t think I’ll be nasty.

“I’ll be the nice judge. I won’t be the Simon Cowell.”

The contest, which Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, Duncan James from Blue, Eurovision winner Cheryl Baker and former GMTV presenter Richard Arnold will judge in later rounds, is a role-reversal for Faryl as she won her category in it as an 11-year-old, just before appearing on Britain’s Got Talent.

Faryl plans to use her experience to give hopefuls advice on polishing their performances.

But with it being her first experience as a judge, she is worried she will be as nervous as the contestants.

She said: “I’m a bit nervous, but I’m excited.

“I’m nervous about knowing what to say.

“I hope I just have to comment on the singing and music side of things. I don’t know anything about dancing.”

Contestants who want to impress her should be confident and let their passion shine through.

She said: “I want to see someone that can get into the sound.

“Some people can just sing, but someone else can get into the sound and it really draws you in.

“I’d like to see something different, something I’m not used to, like a good pop singer.

“And they need to enjoy it.”

Faryl said the show was a really boost for her as she entered different competitions to build up her confidence at performing.