Woodbridge 21-year-old appears on ITV talent show Starstruck impersonating Ariana Grande
A Woodbridge woman has taken centre stage in an episode of an ITV talent show with her impersonation of Ariana Grande.
Connie Lamb, 21, featured in Saturday's episode of Starstruck, a show which sees four teams of three compete against one other to impersonate iconic musicians.
One person from each episode makes it through to the next round and, while a singer from the Freddie Mercury group was chosen to continue, Connie has fond memories of the show which was filmed in April last year.
"I filmed it almost a year ago and it was very different because it was done during Covid. I was on The Voice in 2019 and it was so different from that experience," said Connie.
"We had to have tests every day before we went into the studio and each team had a standby member in case someone got Covid. Everything was done as best as it could have been during the time."
In the studio, Connie and the two other Ariana Grande impersonators were allowed to form a close contact group so they could sing and dance together on stage safely.
This meant the trio couldn't interact with others during the preparation for the show and only came into contact with one another.
Speaking of other girls, Connie said: "They were both so nice and really lovely girls. The best people they could've had in the group really."
The 21-year-old, who has been singing since she was about six, is determined to forge a career as a singer/songwriter.
"I started in shows at school and did a lot of shows with local theatre companies. When I was 16 I moved to London and went to the BRIT School. I studied musical theatre there but I realised I always just wanted to do singing," she said.
It was during her time at the BRIT School that Connie was put in contact with The Voice, where she battled it out in Ollie Murs' group. She was then 'stolen' by Jennifer Hudson and performed as a member of her group, which she said was 'a dream come true'.
On Saturday at 8pm when Starstruck was broadcast, Connie had a watch party at her boyfriend's home with members of his family and her mum to celebrate.
Her TV appearances have spurred Connie on to keep chasing her dream and she is now turning her hand to writing music.
"I want to just try to write a lot of my own music now. I have written a bit but I don't play any instruments very well. I am re-learning guitar and piano and trying to write my own songs, put them on social media and get them noticed really," she said.