Dionne is our Voice of Fife

A 17 YEAR-old schoolgirl wowed a large crowd as she took the title of Fife Free Press Voice Of Fife 2011.

Dionne Hickey, from Kincardine, blew away the judges with two show-stopping performances.

KIRKCALDY;'Voice of Fife Final 2011 at Kittys ; 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

KIRKCALDY;'Voice of Fife Final 2011 at Kittys ; 'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Our panel made up of singing star Jackie Storrar, last year’s Voice Of Fife winner Lynzey Moutter, and her Coaltown Daisies bandmate, Vivienne Bern, were knocked out by Dionne’s renditions of ‘Jar Of Hearts’ by Christina Perri and Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

Dionne, who won a prize of £1000, said “I couldn’t believe I won it. Everyone else was outstanding so I didn’t think I had a chance.

“The judges were really helpful and told me to use the money to help me progress.

“Winning this has given me a huge amount of confidence. I want to go to a theatre or music college after I finish school.

“I’m planning to record some demos and see how it goes after that.

“This has been an amazing experience.”

Jackie Storrar was full of praise for Dionne and the other contestants. She said: “The standard was amazing and it was such a difficult decision to pick a winner.

“We decided on Dionne because we thought there was something very special about her, about her voice, about her whole persona. I was mesmerised by her during her first song. She didn’t move an inch but it was all about the song.

“Her second song allowed her to show off her range a bit more.

“She definitely has star quality and I hope that she goes on to do something with the prize money to help her on her way.‘‘

Second place went to Pamela Reid, who had brought along a huge and vociferous following from Cardenden, and third was Lee Cassie, also from Cardenden.

The event was a huge success raising £475.50 for our Maggie’s Centre.