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A new teen star is about to go top 10

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Meet Birdy, at just 14 she looks set to make a dent in the Big Top 40.

It's not that unusual to see teens in the chart but here's a song that is sure to give you goosebumps.  Justin Bieber first charted in the UK when he was 15 and Willow Smith has already had a couple of songs in the chart and she's only 10.

Now, the UK has got its very own teen star, Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde from Lymington in Hampshire goes by the name of Birdy and at just 14 years old looks set to score her first Big Top 40 hit.

Birdy's Mum, a concert pianist, taught her to play piano at the age of 5 and by the age of 7 she was writing her own music.

Birdy entered UK Idol 2008, an annual contest which attracts around 10,000 hopefuls in two categories.  Birdy was crowned the winner of the under 18s group after performing 'So Be Free', a song she wrote herself at the final at the Guildhall in Portsmouth.

Her first chart hit looks set to be her interpretation of US indie singer, Bon Iver's 2008 single, 'Skinny Love'.

Have a listen to Birdy's 'Skinny Love' and let us know what you think below...


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  1. "To Lesley, I read your comment about a year ago and never forgot it. I always think of this song as "Tom's song" every time I hear it too :-)"

    Posted by Andy on Friday, 22 June 2012 09:09

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  2. "thats what I call great!!!! amazing voice, stunning melody. quiet sure, bon iver likes his own song better right now :) "

    Posted by thomas on Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:31

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  3. "She's the same age as me, give or take a month and I'm a musician myself. It's so great to see (and hear) an artist our age become so successful so early into her musical career. This song is so beautifully and artistically written that she deserves for it to enter the top 10. I love what you're doing Jasmine, keep it up :) x"

    Posted by Jacobsmith124 on Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:32

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  4. "WOW!!!! Keep hearing bits of this song out and about but, didn't know who it was. Then i heard it with my niece and she told me it was this "Birdy". just listened to it now in full and it,s breathtaking,ly Stunning, Haunting and Beautifull... More from this artist please, just hope "fame/notoriety dosn't taint such a beautifull raw/pure tallent."

    Posted by pixxie girl on Monday, 1 August 2011 17:05

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  5. "Inspirational ..."

    Posted by Gwyneth on Monday, 1 August 2011 07:11

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  6. "she goes to my school, i sit next to her in science! shes amazingg :D x"

    Posted by yaaa on Monday, 30 May 2011 01:25

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  7. "My son Tom chased me around the kitchen to get me to listen to this on the 4th Feb - sadly he was killed in a car accident on the 5th - this song will always be remebered by friends as family as 'Tom's Song' ...it is absolutely amazing and was played at his funeral xx"

    Posted by Lesley on Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:49

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  8. "Heard this song played first time at a funeral and I have not been able to get it out my head ever since - I would love to see this record get into the top 10 - just such a magical piece of music"

    Posted by martin on Saturday, 14 May 2011 23:05

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  9. "she has recoreded shelter by the XX should be out soon.. she is such a loverley girl"

    Posted by louis on Saturday, 14 May 2011 20:45

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  10. "I also heard it for the first time on The Vampire DFiaries episode. I can't stop thinking of the scenes rolling and that wonderful song playing along..."

    Posted by Gui - Brazil on Monday, 9 May 2011 03:17

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