Published: 08/02/2013 10:30 - Updated: 08/02/2013 10:40

Lilian reaches for the stars

TEENAGE singer Lilian Macdonald is hoping that dreams come true and she wins the chance to perform on stage in front of a 2,000-strong crowd.

Reaching for the stars...Lilian Macdonald.
Reaching for the stars...Lilian Macdonald.

The Elgin Academy pupil is in the running to perform a 20-minute acoustic set at a Cody Simpson concert in Glasgow later this month.

Lilian (16) is one of three finalists in a competition being run on YouTube called OpenForCodySimpson.

The Australian teen heart-throb will headline at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on February 19 as part of a European tour.

Lilian, who plays guitar and writes her own songs, performed a cover version of Simpson’s hit, ‘Wish u were here’, and posted it on You Tube.

She was over the moon when Cody Simpson himself selected her to be one of three finalists who are now vying for the chance to share a stage with him.

Lilian, who lives in Duff Avenue, is currently leading the online voting, which is set to close on Monday, and hopes that people in Moray will help her win the chance of a lifetime. The person with the most Likes will win.

“I have been e-mailing everybody I know asking them to go on to You Tube and like my video,” she said.

Her cover version can be viewed at www.youtube.com (search for ‘OpenForCodySimpson’) She also had to submit an original song for the competition.

Cody Simpson is a rising star who is set to support Justin Bieber on a worldwide tour.

“The concert hall holds over 2,000 people, and it would be crazy to play on that stage,” said Lilian.

“The biggest crowd I have played for was a gig for the Red Cross, when there were about 15 people. I have been to Starbucks open mic nights in Elgin and played a couple of times.”

Lilian, who has been singing from a young age, writes a lot of her own songs and posts videos on YouTube from her bedroom.

“To have a career in music is my dream,” she said. “When I am out or at school, I am always coming up with choruses and have to write it down quickly in class so that I don’t forget them.”

Lilian has had to cram in the competition alongside a busy schedule of revision for Higher prelims.

“I have had exams every day this week, so it has been hard to concentrate,” she admitted.

“I would love to get into music, but I am working hard at school so that I have something to fall back on. When I leave school at the end of sixth year, I would like to take a year out to focus on music.”

Lilian, who works in Scribbles pizza house in Elgin at weekends, admits to being surprised by her success in the competition so far.

“I have had people commenting on my videos from Australia and all over the world – people I would never have imagined seeing me perform,” she said.

Lilian will find out on Monday whether she has won. If successful, she will have just over a week to prepare for the concert.

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