A NINE-YEAR-OLD who had 3,000 Glaswegians on their feet during her audition for Britain’s Got Talent has been tipped for stardom by none other than The Hoff.
Saskia Eng, from Balgreen in Edinburgh, wowed the crowd at her recent audition at Glasgow’s SECC, and fought off competition from 100,000 other hopefuls to make it to the final 200.
She was given a standing ovation for her rendition of Hey Soul Sister by Train, and received two yes’s from judges Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre.
But the third and remaining judge David Hasselhoff, who praised the performance but said the youngster could benefit from another year’s practice.
And Saskia – who has been only been having singing lessons for one year – was told by the TV talent show’s producers this week that she failed to make it to final 40.
But the schoolgirl’s dad, Tony, said it “didn’t get her down at all” and that she had already vowed to go back fighting next year.
Mr Eng, 40, said: “The judges were amazed by Saskia’s performance.
“She just got on stage and, although she was a bit nervous, she just blew everyone away.
“The Hoff said he didn’t doubt she would be a big star, but that she should come back in a year.
“Michael McIntyre joked that she must be the only girl from Edinburgh who could get 3,000 Weegies to give her a standing ovation.
“When she found out this week that she hadn’t made it to the last 40 in London, she didn’t let it get her down at all.
“She knows she’s done well and she’ll be back next year.”
Saskia said: “I practice a lot at my lessons and next time I’m going to sing U2.
“I think I would be a bit nervous if I made it to the finals next time but it would be great.
“I’m looking forward to it already.”