SUPPORTERS of TV's Connie Fisher were on the edge of their seats in Tetbury on the weekend as the young star made it to the final of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?

From 6,000 contestants the 23-year-old is now just one of three competitors left in the competition and faces a nerve-wracking wait until Saturday.

But fans in Tetbury, where a large part of her family lives and Connie spent her youth, are 100 percent behind the budding Maria von Trapp.

Connie is the granddaughter of former landlords of The Trouble House Inn Laddie and Dot Peare, who ran the Tetbury pub in the 1960s.

Great aunt Kath Kirkby said: "It was lovely, it really was - she has worked hard and we are so proud.

"I could've got more supporters but my house just isn't big enough! We were very hopeful but the other girls are very good as well. We were very apprehensive."

Connie is currently undergoing a gruelling training programme as she battles for the chance to play Maria in The Sound of Music.

She has a 1st BA Hons in Musical Theatre from Mountview Theatre School in London and has already won favourable criticism from the show's judges.

The stage star, who also has a huge following in Pembrokeshire, where her mother lives, is favourite to win on Saturday.

Mrs Kirkby said: "I am looking forward to it, I can't wait until the weekend. If she doesn't win we hope Andrew Lloyd Webber will see all the girls get something, but she is 5-4 favourite to win and told us on Saturday she is really happy."

Only six family members are allowed to support Connie in person on Saturday, but she has thanked all her fans in Tetbury. Saturday's final is at 6.45 and 9.15pm.