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Sam prepares for the semi-final

Supporters of singer Samantha Barks are on tenterhooks in anticipation of the next instalment of the Laxey teenager's rise to showbiz success.

Sam (pictured) is in the final four of the weekly BBC television competition to find a 'Nancy' for a forthcoming production of the West End musical 'Oliver'.

Her father Richard says the support she has had from a huge number of people in the Isle of Man has been unbelievable:

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