Vicky Hoyles and Charlie Bruce bag leading roles

FRIDAY: Their roots are in Melton, they made names for themselves on TV talent shows and both their mums used to work for the Melton Times!

And now dancing queens Vicky Hoyles and Charlie Bruce have yet another thing in common - celebrating after landing breakthrough roles.

Vicky (25) caught the eye in 2007 when she beat 63,000 other hopefuls into the last three of ITV reality show Grease is the Word.

She was watched by millions as she performed in the show's semi-finals but failed to get enough votes to reach the final.

Since then the former Melton Brooksby College student has honed her skills and been focused on her dream of landing lead roles and ultimately doing West End theatre.

And now her hard work is paying off after she landed a lead role in Dancing Queen, a production celebrating the music of Abba which is currently touring the UK.

Vicky bagged the part of one of four lead singers who front the show along with a company of dancers. The production will be running until the end of October.

Vicky's mum, Julie, said: "Vicky's absolutely thrilled to bits. Her agent sent her for audition about four weeks ago. They asked her to come back for a recall and to sing a cappella. The casting agent filmed Vicky because she liked the look of her and then the film was sent to the producers.

"Vicky absolutely loves Abba but she had about 50 songs to learn as well as the dance routines. She was so nervous before the opening night. I sent her a message wishing her good luck and she rang me when it had finished."

Dancing Queen opened at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford on May 25, running for one week. Future tour dates include performances at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall Theatre from July 8-10. All of Vicky's family will be at the July 10 show to cheer her on.

Melton-born dancer Charlie Bruce (19), winner of BBC1's So You Think You Can Dance, has also landed a big breakthrough role after being signed up to understudy the lead part of Baby in the box office smash West End musical Dirty Dancing.

Charlie, a former Sherard Primary School pupil, discovered the news on her recent return from Mexico, where she has been filming a TV dance show based on the American reality show, Dancing with the Stars.

Charlie's year-long contract, which runs from July, guarantees her several star turns at London's Aldwych Theatre.

On August 9, Charlie will also be a guest star in the grand final of the US version of So You Think You Can Dance - one of the most popular programmes on American TV watched by millions.