HOLLIE Steel is banking on internet downloads propelling her debut single into the Christmas charts, after its release date was put back by a week.
The Huncoat 11-year-old’s song ‘Where are you Christmas’ is available for pre-order online from HMV and is due to be released on Monday.
As her excitement about Christmas builds, Hollie has been busy promoting the single - performing at Lincoln Cathedral this week ahead of dates in Preston and Blackburn.
Mum Nina explained: "The release date was put back, as it was supposed to be released on the 7th. The issue we have got at the moment is that people in east Lancashire might have heard the song but other than that it’s not really been heard anywhere.
"We don’t really know how well she is doing. All we have got is the pre-orders in HMV which look like they’re doing okay.
"I think it’s going into the stores next week and we probably won’t know how she’s done until the Sunday night after it’s been released."
From next week physical copies of the single, co-written by Mariah Carey, can be bought for £2.
But with it also going on download for 79p Hollie fans are hoping that the internet, which propelled her Britain’s Got Talent debut to worldwide audiences, can see her join the likes of Robbie Williams, George Michael and the X-Factor winner in the charts.
Nina said: "She needs about 7,000 downloads to get in the top 40 and that’s a lot for a little girl. But we have a lot more than 7,000 people in Accrington and 79p is nothing really to get a lovely song!"
Nina also revealed that the title of Hollie’s forthcoming album is virtually decided.
She said: "I think she’s going to call it ‘I Could’ve Danced All Night’, because that’s her song. She has got something like 23 million You Tube hits and most of them are for that.
Click on the video below to see Hollie performing 'Where Are You Christmas' at the Preston Christmas lights switch-on ...