Ryton teenager needs your votes for Radio One Big Weekend dream

Kellimarie Willis.
Kellimarie Willis.

A teenage singer from Ryton is appealing for people to vote for her in a TV competition that could see her perform at Radio One’s Big Weekend.

Singer-songwriter Kellimarie Willis, 14, has featured on CBBC’s Got What it Takes over the last eight weeks alongside her mum and former cabaret singer Debbie Nash.

The programme searches for the UK’s best young singers and each week the contestants have to sing a song given to them, and the mothers of the singers in the bottom two each week face off in a challenge – such as a mud run or high step run - to earn their child points.

After episode nine airs on Tuesday, April 4, the public will have 24 hours to vote on the CBBC website for who they want to see in the final, which airs on Tuesday, April 10.

Determined to support Kellimarie’s cause, Wasps invited her to perform in the Wasps Fan Village before their West Midlands derby with Worcester Warriors on Sunday.

Kellimarie has written more than 40 love songs to date, and regularly plays to crowds at The Bear in Rugby and The Fusilier in Leamington Spa, and even played at last year’s Godiva Festival.

She has launched her new EP – Under The Same Stars – which documents her journey throughout the programme.

She said: “The ultimate dream for me is to travel the world and show people what I can do, so winning this competition and being able to perform in front of thousands of people at Radio One’s Big Weekend would be massive for me.

“I had an amazing time in London filming the programme. It meant I was away from home for four weeks with my mum, but I got to meet people like Nick Grimshaw, The Vamps and Callum Scott who were able to give us some tips and advice.

Kellimarie is following in the footsteps of her mum Debbie, who has supported big name acts in the past such as Atomic Kitten and Lulu.