Faryl set to star in Royal show line-up

Singing star Faryl Smith will join the likes of Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Whoopi Goldberg at the Royal Variety Performance next month.

The 14-year-old from Kettering will perform in front of the the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Blackpool's Opera House, where the show is being held for the first time since 1955.

Faryl's father, Tony Smith, said: "Faryl is very, very excited about performing at this one. There's a fantastic line-up and I'm sure it's going to be a great night.

"Faryl was at the BBC recently and James Morrison spoke to her. He gave her advice and she was talking to him about his career.

"He said the most important thing is to make sure you're enjoying yourself and said that Faryl has got her feet on the ground."

Other stars preparing for the Royal Variety Performance include American singer Bette Midler, Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity, Grammy award winner Chaka Khan and multi-award winning singer-songwriter Anastacia.

Comedian Peter Kay will host the event which will showcase some of the best UK and international musicians, theatre, comedy and speciality acts.

The show will be recorded on December 7 and screened on ITV1 later in the month.

It will raise money for the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund.

In the run-up to the release of Faryl's new album, Wonderland, she will appear on the Paul O'Grady Show today and the Alan Titchmarsh Show in December.

Faryl recently sang at the Festival Of Remembrance and at Twickenham for England's rugby game against New Zealand.

In yesterday's Evening Telegraph we reported that Faryl performed at the opening of Kettering's Market Place.

Faryl met fans and officially opened the site but did not sing. We apologise for the error.