Britains Got Talent, Hollie’s secret grandpa

June 1, 2009

LITTLE singing star Hollie Steel has a granddad she never knew existed, the News of the World can reveal.

The 10-year-old and her mum’s secret father John Devassey, 57, live just five miles apart-and he has been backing her on Britain’s Got Talent.
But ironmonger John said he only discovered the rising star was his granddaughter when we approached him last week.
He told us he was stunned-and now wants to meet 10-year-old Hollie and her mum Nina. He said: “It’s a real bombshell.
“I have been watching Hollie on the TV and have been supporting her because she is from Burnley but I didn’t know she was my granddaughter.
“I can’t believe the little girl I have been cheering on is my granddaughter. It is all a shock.”
Little Hollie started the evening as second favourite to win last night’s final despite bursting into tears during Friday’s semi-final.
Last night she managed to sing a note-perfect rendition of Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from Phantom of the Opera.
We told John that Hollie was his granddaughter on Thursday, and the next day he watched on tilly as she broke down and sobbed while singing Edelweiss in the semi-final. She was allowed to try again before the judges voted her through to last night’s final.

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