Edinburgh Has Talent: Shayne Kidd’s Nashville hope

Shayne Kidd. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Shayne Kidd. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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SHE is the ambitious teenage singer set to bring a touch of Dolly Parton to the Edinburgh Has Talent stage.

Although preparing to wow EHT audiences at the Festival Theatre on Friday with a belting performance of Christina Aguilera’s The Voice Within, 16-year-old Shayne Kidd said her rendition would also be inspired by an enduring love of classic country music.

The George Watson’s College pupil, from Polwarth, said her interest had been sparked by numerous visits to the genre’s cradle in Nashville, Tennessee, to visit relatives.

She said: “I just love country music – it’s the skill of telling a story.

“It’s not just random lyrics put together. There’s always a story and you get to know the end of the story by the end of the song.”

Shayne said her love of country was wide-ranging and eclectic – with icons such as Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton inspiring her every bit as much as Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and other contemporary stars.

Experiencing the passion of rowdy Nashville locals in bars and restaurants across the city had fuelled her interest, she revealed.

“Nashville is just crazy,” she said. “During the day it’s all calm and really hot, and you see everyone in cowboy dress. But as soon as it gets dark the whole place just livens up and in every restaurant and bar you have music and live bands – it’s so good.

“I’d love to study in the US and it could be in Nashville. Everything is so lively there.”

Back home in Edinburgh, Shayne, in S5 at George Watson’s, is preparing for Highers in English, biology, maths, chemistry and music.

With a performance at last year’s EHT final under her belt, she said she was feeling nervous but excited ahead of Friday’s event.

She said: “I always get a bit nervous before I go on-stage but that’s a good thing – it gives me adrenaline.”

Shayne’s parents said they were hugely proud of her success in making it through to another EHT final.

Dad Colin, 52, said: “We were reasonably confident she would get through as she got there last year and did very well.

“She really seems to enjoy getting up there and singing – it brings a lot out of her.”

For tickets to the final, visit www.edtheatres.com or phone the box office on 0131 529-6000.