BGT's Gabz Gardiner: My dad cried when he heard my song Lighters (The One) the first time
Gabz Gardiner has always wanted to be a singer
Simon Cowell has released Gabz Gardiner's first single under his record label Syco
Music industry insiders are predicting Gabz Gardiner's new single Lighters (The One) will be a big hit
What no one could have predicted is that she'd be transformed into a star just weeks after competing in the hit ITV1 talent show's live final.
Amazingly, Gabz wrote the insanely catchy song over two nights last November, having no idea that she'd end up performing it to millions.
'It took a few hours,' she explains.
'Then I invited my dad in to listen and he actually cried when he heard it for the first time.'
While her dad Noel's insisting she sticks to her studies, Gabz has become an instant celebrity at school.
'People who've never spoken to me before are suddenly coming over to me
'I've even had people asking for autographs.
'My friends are shocked.'