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A nine-year-old has emerged triumphant from the annual Wicksteed’s Got Talent competition held at the Kettering park.

Lorelei Connolly impressed the four-member judging panel last Sunday with her rendition of the song ‘Popular’, from the musical Wicked.

Wicksteed's Got Talent winner Lorelei Connolly

Wicksteed's Got Talent winner Lorelei Connolly

The judges were Rebecca Szoltysek, Ray Jeffery, Bernie Keith and Kim Bellamy.

Lorelei beat fierce competition from 10 other finalists who had come through the two heats, which had been held earlier this month.

Lorelei’s dad Jay said: “She’s nine-years-old so to come first is awesome. She first entered Wicksteed’s Got Talent when she was six.

“She always puts on all sorts of crazy shows for us around the house.

“She was absolutely chuffed to win. She had hoped to be in the top three, but when her name wasn’t read out as being third or second she thought she’d just come back and try again next year.

“But when she heard her name she was over the moon.

“I felt extreme pride. I was beaming. “I was so happy I was screaming.”

Just two days before the competition’s finale Lorelei had been sent home from school poorly, her father added, but she had been determined to overcome her illness and attempt to scoop the top prize.

Also taking part in Wicksteed’s Got Talent grand final were Olivia Winterflood, Bradley Gascoyne, Amy Addison, Martha Winterflood, Charlotte Wiggins, Vicki-Louise Sherwin, Charlie Botting, Emillija Bostrova, Maddie Boreham and the Mad Minis group.