BRITAIN’S Got Talent’s Hollie Steel is bidding for Christmas number one.

The 10-year-old from Huncoat has an exciting two months ahead of her as she prepares to release a festive single which will go head to head with the winner of the X Factor for the Christmas number one spot.

Hollie’s version of ‘Where are you, Christmas?”, a song co-written by Mariah Carey and which featured in the box office hit movie the Grinch, will be available to pre order within weeks and will be released on December 7.

Hollie, who goes to Oakhill College in Whalley, and used to live in Burnley, will also meet her “idol” Alexandra Burke next week when the pair perform in front of thousands as part of Manchester’s Christmas light switch on celebrations.

Hollie, who is also releasing her first album next year, also appeared as the surprise guest at the 25th anniversary of East Lancashire Hospice.

Hollie’s mum Nina said the Britain’s Got Talent star was incredibly excited about the opportunity to meet Alexandra.

She said: “At her first audition, when Simon Cowell first asked her who was her idol, she said she wanted to be like Alexandra Burke.

“It’s hard to believe that within such a short space of time she is actually going to be sharing the same stage as her and singing just five minutes before Alexandra’s appearance.

“She likes Alexandra a lot and is really excited.

“The single she’s releasing is a beautiful song and we expect it to go high in the charts.

“It’s quite operatic and is very similar in style to Walking in the Air.

“It’s a really lovely melt-your heart Christmas song.

“It is a very exciting time for her and if everyone gets beind her, Lancashire could send her to number one.”

Hollie appeared at 25th anniversary celebrations for East Lancashire Hospice on Wednesday night when she sang Nessun Dorma to the crowd. The celebrations saw performances from East Lancashire school choirs, who have put together an anniversary CD to raise funds for the hospice.

The schools involved were: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn; St James CofE Primary School, Clitheroe; Benjamin Hargreaves C of E Primary School, Accrington; St Oswalds C.E Primary School, Knuzden; Salesbury School, Blackburn; St Andrews CofE Primary School, Oswaldtwistle and Edisford Primary School, Clitheroe.

Hollie’s single Where are you, Christmas? will be available to pre order from major stores in two weeks. Manchester’s switch-on is 7pm-8pm on November 12.

Community fundraiser, Sharon Crymble said: “On behalf of East Lancashire Hospice, I would like to thank all the children and teachers that have got on board with the project.

"A lot of hard work has gone into rehearsing, recording and then coming to perform their songs and it was great to see so many on the evening.”