Singer Faryl back where it all began for TV show

A TEENAGE singer who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent has come full circle as she appears as a guest on a television talent show.

Britain’s Got Talent 2008 finalist Faryl Smith, 16, of Kettering, will appear with X Factor 2007 runner-up Rhydian Roberts on his new talent show Rhydian’s Autumn Series on Welsh channel S4C next month.

The mezzo-soprano, who goes to Southfield School for Girls, said: “It’s a bit different because obviously you don’t have anyone to impress.

“It’s nice to go back and see everyone. To perform on stage was lovely.”

Faryl has recorded two songs for the show, including her first duet with baritone Rhydian.

She sang The Prayer with the classically trained Welsh singer and Barcarolle from her second album, Wonderland.

Faryl said: “I thought it went well. The audience seemed to like it. Obviously when you are with someone else you have to mix your voices in the right way.

“Everyone said our voices sounded nice together.”

Unlike the live final Faryl competed in, the show was recorded, but the pair managed to hit the right notes in the first take.

Faryl said: “He was very nice as in if I didn’t understand something or said it was a bit too high or low he would tell me to do it as I liked and he would match me.”

Classical stars Aled Jones, Paul Potts and Hayley Westenra will also appear on the series, which has been dubbed The Welsh X Factor.

Faryl, who had her first break aged 10 winning the under-15s category at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, has a big Welsh following.

Her mum Linda, who has Welsh roots, said: “It’s nice because that’s where it all started when she did the Eisteddfod.”