'Everyone's baby'

2002-04-24 10:13

Cape Town - Nicola Warwick (16) of Bothasig might be the youngest Idols contender, but she has big plans for her future career as a singer.

"With practice I might some day sing just like my idol, Celine Dion. She has an incredible voice."

That is the reason why Nicola, as part of group six, has chosen to sing the Canadian pop star's song Think Twice.

What does it feel like being the youngest competitor on Idols? "It's amazing. I'm everybody's baby and everyone is very protective of me. But it can be quite lonely at times," she says pretending to be sad.

The prospective pop star has no shortage of friends. She is keen to tell of her new friendships with fellow contenders Dalen Jooste, Chad Saaiman (both from Cape Town) and Michelle Williamson of Durban.

"We contact each other all the time. I'm slightly anxious that Michelle and I are in the same group. It's sad."

The entire President High School in Goodwood is rooting for their Grade 11 pupil. One of the guys has sent Nicola a set of underwear with the words, "I'm your Idol". She's considering giving it to friends or fellow participants.

Nicola on Monday sang the songs How Could an Angel Break My Heart and These Boots are Made for Walking during the school assembly.

She is no stranger to performing in front of audiences. She was a member of the Tygerberg Children's Choir that performed during President Thabo Mbeki's inauguration ceremony, for former president Nelson Mandela and America's former president Bill Clinton.

Nicola describes herself as a versatile singer. "My singing lessons enable me to sing for eisteddfods and in choirs, to do opera and also pop."

Music is one of her subjects at school and she takes piano lessons.

She would like to become an pop star or a music engineer - in that order.

Nicola performs on Wednesday night with her friend Michelle (17) as well as Vanessa Grebe (22) of Port Elizabeth, Francois Mulder (17) of Potchefstroom and Bianca le Grange (20) of Johannesburg.

The programme is broadcast at 18:30 on M-Net.