Young 'Talent' star gets secret coaching

Simon Cowell has arranged secret singing lessons for Britain's Got Talent hopeful Faryl Smith.

In last night's episode of the ITV1 talent show, 12-year-old Faryl was seen impressing the judges with a performance of 'Ave Maria' and was quickly put through to the next round.

Faryl has since been making weekly trips from her home in Kettering to Birmingham, where she receives vocal coaching from Yvie Burnett. Yvie has previously worked with last year's Talent winner Paul Potts and X Factor superstar Leona Lewis.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: "Simon was blown away by Faryl. He is keen to see her do well and although she's got buckets of natural talent, he knows that can always be improved with hard work."

Faryl's father Tony Smith revealed that his daughter has been approached by record companies in the past, but the family always decided to turn down their offers.

He said: "We have had offers from people interested in Faryl. But when Simon Cowell, the big man, says your daughter is special, you listen."