King’s Lynn’s Anjeli aims for the O2
- Credit: IAN BURT
An 11-year-old from King's Lynn is hoping to take the world by storm as she heads into the regional finals of a talent competition having already become an internet sensation.
Anjeli Diack, who lives with her family in Queen Elizabeth Avenue, is one step away from performing at the O2 Arena in London after making it through her heat in the Teen Star talent competition and videos of her singing have already had more than five million views on Youtube.
Anjeli will have to perform in front of a crowd of 2,000 at the Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth, on Saturday, May 18, in the southern area regional final. If she is successful, she will then take part in the grand final at the O2 Arena and although a crowd of this size would daunt many of us, Anjeli appears unfazed.
'I'm not scared, I love singing,' she said. 'I enjoy competitions. It's cool, you get to see other people sing.'
Her most recent performance impressed the judges so much that she won the competition's Exposure Award, which means that this weekend she will be rewarded with a day in a professional recording studio.
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Should she get the chance to grace the stage at the O2, Anjeli will be following in the footsteps of some of her idols, such as Cody Simpson and Justin Bieber, who she has seen at the venue.
'I'm not nervous. I'll be on the same stage as Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson and that's why I can't be scared,' said Anjeli.
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Although she enjoys teenage pop stars Anjeli lists her favourite singers as Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand as well as her vocal coach Richard Wynch.
Mr Wynch is one of a number of tutors at the West Norfolk Academy of Music who have worked with Anjeli. As well as her singing she has also learnt to play piano and guitar at the centre.
'She's very good,' said Mr Wynch. 'She's a nice girl with natural talent. She just sings, she doesn't seem to be under any pressure when it comes to performing in front of an audience. I think she is one of the more talented people I've taught, she might do very well in the future.'
Bekki Smith, owner of West Norfolk Academy of Music, said: 'She's definitely got the talent and a very good attitude to go with it. If you put the effort in there's no limit to where you can go.'
Born in Indonesia, and then living in Germany, when Anjeli arrived in this country seven years ago she barely spoke a word of English. Now she excels in school, reads Shakespeare and writes her own poetry as well as her musical endeavours.
She also swims competitively and is a school ambassador and a member of the school council at Whitefriars Primary School.
As well as her singing Anjeli also swims competitively and is a school ambassador and a member of the school council at Whitefriars Primary School. On top of all of this, Anjeli is a young carer for her mum, Meiverisiska Diack, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
Father Trevor Diack, an aircraft technician at RAF Marham, said: 'She just generally helps out. Anjeli has raised over £1,000 for the MS Society from two karaoke nights which she sang at.
'She's swept everything before her, she just says 'I want this' and that's it. She's very driven, but she does enjoy it. She just loves singing, that's all there is to it.'