A singer has fulfilled her childhood dream of singing to the nation on prime-time television.
Cylvian Flynn, from New England Road, Haywards Heath, performed on Stars In Their Eyes on ITV on Saturday night.
The hospital administrator managed to keep her transformation a secret until the show aired before wowing audiences as Tina Turner.
“Since being on Stars in Their Eyes I have had a very positive response to my performance on national TV, I am so proud of my achievement of actually getting on the show,” said Cylvian.
The singer said her transformation took hours of rehearsals with a vocal coach and a dancer teacher, as well as wardrobe and makeup.
“When I looked in the mirror after the transformation I could not believe how great I looked,” she told the Middy.
“Thousands applied and only a few hundred were auditioned then 25 lucky people were put through to the not live shows so even being selected is lucky.
“On the night of show myself and my family had a celebration whilst we watched mine the other contestants and I have to say we all did great.
“Walking through the smoky doors was exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time but once you walked through all that is forgotten.
“I gave it my best shot and I was quoted as being ‘Simply the Best’.
“I wish I could do it again and I will never forget what it felt like to fulfill one if my childhood dreams.”
Cylvian also performs around Mid Sussex and is getting ready for a British Heart Foundation event at the United Services Club on February 21.
The long-running show which is well known for the catchphrase, ‘tonight I’m going to be’ is presented by Harry Hill. Contestants disappearing through doors and reappearing as the act they are going to impersonate and the studio audience vote for their favourite.