A CHILD star tipped to be the UK's Justin Bieber is one step closer to realising his dream of performing some of his own songs at London's O2 Arena.
Thirteen-year-old Kemahl Kelly, from Addiscombe, was spotted by music professionals three years ago when he performed in a competition at his primary school, Ryelands.
Since then, he has toured around the country, performing covers of songs by Justin Bieber and Rihanna and recording music videos for YouTube with an R&B singer called Kwamz.
Kemahl has now got through the auditions for one of the country's leading performance competitions for schoolchildren, Teen Stars, which judges performances from more than 8,000 youngsters.
The singer, who lists Bieber and Usher as his idols, said: "I am not sure if this competition will help me get there but it will be a good opportunity.
"My songs are mainly about feelings and how people grow."
Kemahl is gearing up to take part in the first round on April 21 which is being held in Camden. If successful, he will perform Justin Bieber's I Will Always Love You at the O2 Arena final.