Bernie Nolan has revealed that she is taking part in a TV talent show in honour of her late opera singer mother.

Bernie, who found fame in pop group the Nolan sisters, is one of eight contestants in ITV1’s Popstar To Opera Star.

She said her mother Maureen, who died in December 2007, always wanted one of her daughters to follow in her footsteps by taking up opera singing, explaining: “My mum was a trained opera singer – she’s the only trained singer in the family.”

She went on: “She won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in Dublin, but she didn’t go because she wanted to do musical theatre.

“One of the reasons we’re doing this is because my mum would have been so proud. She always wanted one of us to follow in her footsteps. Of course, we never did, we all went into pop. Not only would she have been so proud, but she would have been able to help me. She’s not with us now so I’m doing this for her, really.”

Bernie also revealed she is missing out on a family trip to Las Vegas, where her sisters are celebrating her nephew’s 21st birthday, because of the show.

Despite being ‘a bit’ sad about not joining in the holiday, she added: “I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying this part of the show. Friday night I’m a bit nervous about, but up to now – the training, the vocal sessions, the mentoring – I’ve learned so much and I’m getting paid to learn it.”

The series follows former chart stars as they try to make it as classical singers.

It features Blur’s Alex James, Coronation Street star Kym Marsh and McFly’s Danny Jones and launches on Friday.