AN ALLOA child worker will be making her debut on the small screen as she features in a BBC show about Scotland's secret singers airing this week.

Shauna Angus has been selected to appear on Scotland Sings, a show about extraordinary singers throughout the country who have hidden their talents for so long.

Working for Scottish Autism in Alloa for the past year, Shauna has been hiding her talent for almost ten years but decided to put herself forward in the show and make her late father proud.

She told the Advertiser: "My passion is singing and performing; I did it all through school and picked a music teacher for my career.

"My dad, who was my biggest fan ever, passed away due to a tough fight with cancer in 2013. He was my best friend and biggest support and sadly my love of music was never the same.

"I suffered badly with anxiety and trauma and decided to remain silent for years and years until about six months ago.

"I saw the application, but originally I didn't want to go for it. My mum applied for me – she told me it was perfect for me and that I'd do so well.

"Something in my head kept telling me my dad would want me to do this and I couldn't miss this opportunity."

Shauna made it into the final group after her videos were well received by Scottish mezzo-soprano and vocal coach Yvie Burnett and Mylene Klass.

She was selected to be part of the choir, a group of roughly 20 from thousands of applications, and she travelled with the other finalists to Glasgow to begin the preparation for the show, which features the choir performing songs by Scottish artists, including Lewis Capaldi.

"Most of us hadn't even performed on stage before," Shauna added. "We performed our final show at the Hydro which was just incredible.

"It's been an amazing journey with really talented people and I'm so excited to share it with everyone.

"I think it will relate to so many people young and old who love to sing or have a passion. The show focuses a lot on our personal journeys with cancer, mental health and illness.

"I think I've really made my dad proud because I really considered not going through with it because of my anxiety.

"It's been such an inspiring journey for myself."

Scotland Sings is a two part show, with the first episode airing on BBC Scotland at 10pm on Thursday, April 27. The second part airs the same time and channel the week after.

The show will also be available on BBC iPlayer.