Britain’s Got Talent finalist Faryl Smith added Villa Park to her list of big-name venues when she sang in front of 40,000 people at Sunday’s Community Shield football match.
The 17-year-old Kettering mezzosoprano sang the national anthem just before kick-off at the traditional football season curtain-raiser between Manchester City and Chelsea, which the league champions won 3-2.
It will not be the first time she has sung at a huge sporting event, with a performance at the FA Cup final at Wembley between Chelsea and Everton in 2009 as well as appearances at Twickenham under her belt.
Her dad Tony, 53, of Netherfield Road, Kettering, said: “She loves these events, especially the big sporting ones.
“She’s done a lot of these events before so isn’t fazed by it, and she’s been having a lot of lessons in preparation for it.”
The teenager shot to fame after reaching the finals of the ITV talent contest in 2008.
The Community Shield usually takes place at Wembley Stadium but was held at Villa Park this year, home of Birmingham’s Aston Villa.
Faryl, who recently turned 17, is also busy studying for her A-Levels, which she is taking at Southfield School for Girls.
The FA asked her to sing at the event after being impressed with her performances in the past.
She also sang at a League Managers Association awards evening, with her family getting the chance to rub shoulders with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Fabio Capello last year.
Mr Smith added: “It was a lovely evening.
“I think the FA know they can rely on her to perform really well and they’ve always said really nice things about her.”