Despite having no experience of performing on stage before, a Coldstream teenager has won a place in the grand final of Edinburgh’s Got Talent.
Berwickshire High pupil Laura Bell-Jack is one of ten acts who will battle it out for the title at the city’s Festival Hall tomorrow night.
Not a bad achievement for someone who taught herself the guitar last summer.
“I left it until the night before the deadline before deciding to apply,” explained the 16-year-old.
“It was my auntie who convinced me and I’m glad she did.”
After being impressed with her original track ‘Overthinking’, judges placed Laura in the final 40 and then public votes got her through three more cuts, rocketing her into the final 10.
“‘Over thinking’ was the first song I ever wrote,” Laura added. “But I never imagined it would end up being heard by so many people. It’s unbelievable but amazing at the same time.
“At school, I’m not good at concentrating and I get distracted easily. But with music I find it much easier to focus.
“I’m not too good at saying how I feel. I find it easier to do it through my music. I wrote the song in April this year about a boy I was thinking about all the time.”
A huge fan of Adele and Johnny Cash, Laura will be joined in Edinburgh by a strong contingent from Coldstream, including proud mum Janis.
She said: “Laura plays guitar constantly, but I don’t mind at all. She’s got a great talent. She loves writing music and has got a great voice.
“I’m really excited to see her on the stage and her brother and some of his friends are coming up with me.”
Laura has had some time to check out her competition for the £1,000 cash prize and the chance to play next week’s Radio Forth Awards. She is very impressed by some of her fellow finalists.
“There are a few that I think are really amazing,” she added. “I just want to go there and enjoy the whole experience.”