Sophie Livingstone wins Young Voice 2009

SENSATIONAL young singer Sophie Livingstone has been crowned this year's young Voice of the Year.

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Aged just nine-years-old, Sophie, from Symington, blew the judges away with her performances of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and, very fittingly, the Winner Takes it All by Abba.

The Tinto Primary pupil picked up first prize of 250 plus the chance to record five tracks at Sub Zero Recording Studios after finishing ahead of second placed Joanne McMinn, from Bearsden, and Motherwell's Konner Millar-Brookbanks, who finished third.

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Sophie said: "I was really excited and looking forward to the competition. I'm just happy I won."

Mum and dad Jill and Rog, along with Sophie's younger brother Ruaridh, were there to cheer her on.

The Voice, sponsored by Motherwell College and Sub Zero, was held at Cardinal Newman High School in Bellshill on Thursday and saw 10 young singers from across West Central Scotland compete for the title.

Clydesdale was well represented with three talented singers competing in the final 10.

As well as eventual winner Sophie, young Lanark star Shereen Cuthkelvin and soulful singer Rachel Dent, from Carluke, were in the final.

All three girls impressed the judges sufficiently enough to make it through to the final five.

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