A WINNER of Messenger’s Talented Trafford competition is hoping readers will once again lend her their support, but this time to give her the chance to perform in front of thousands of people at Manchester’s Phones4U Arena.

Thea Kate McQuaid Jones has beaten more than 13,000 entrants to make the final four of Key 103’s Futurestars competition.

If she wins, the 18-year-old from Urmston will perform alongside established acts such Little Mix, Katy B and Foxes at the Summer Live Concert, on July 17.

Thea Kate, who was victorious in the 17 and under category of Messenger’s talent finding competition last September, said winning would be a ‘dream come true’.

“It would mean everything to me to win this competition and be able to sing on the arena stage, the biggest venue in my home town, and to be singing alongside fabulous acts,” said the Pendleton College student.

“Just to be able to entertain people by singing and playing my guitar is amazing and the bigger the crowd the better for me.”

In fact, the Newcroft Road resident has been featured in Messenger throughout her life, having won the chance to make a record for Barnardos when she was four-years-old, which was recorded at the world famous Abbey Road studios.

She added: “The proceeds of the voting goes to cash for kids which helps disadvantaged and disabled children, so the pound for the vote is well spent.”

• Voting closes on July 4. To vote for Thea Kate, text STAR32 1 (space in between the 2 and 1) to 70070 or visit key103.co.uk/summerlive/futurestars.

• Follow Thea Kate on Twitter at @thearuby or like her page on Facebook at facebook.com/theakatemusician.