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Elton finally gets to meet his hero ... our Tiny Dancer Lily-Mae

IRELAND'S tiny dancer Lily-Mae Morrison was a VIP guest at Elton John's pre-concert reception last night - but the little girl was eager to know if Elton was more famous than she was.

The six-year-old from Drogheda captured the nation's heart when her parent's organised a cover of Elton John's Tiny Dancer to raise funds for her care which soared to number two in the music charts two years ago. Last night the pair finally got to meet.

Lily-Mae, who wants to be a rock star when she grows up, had the perfect chance to get some top advice from a veteran of the music business.

PRINCESS

Proving that she definitely has the style instincts to make it in showbiz, she chose a glamorous princess dress for the party but there was one question that was very important for the youngster to get an answer to.

And Lily-Mae and Elton discussed "the finer points of his costume choice" and how appropriate purple and bling are to her considering they were her favourites.

"She wanted to know if he was more famous than she was. I had to explain that she is only famous in Ireland," her mum Judith told the Herald.

"She was so excited about going to a rock concert. She was just buzzing about the place all day,"

Meeting Elton was an emotional moment for Judith and Leighton Morrison because the star was central to the little girl's story so far.

She also presented the singer with a gold ribbon which is a symbol for raising awareness for childhood cancer. Lily-Mae was just four when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. Her parents were desperate to get her onto a medical trial in a US hospital.

"It is thanks to that song that she is on the trial and to have her here looking wonderful is amazing," she said.

His Dublin appearance was the first time that the Elton John was able to meet with the youngster- though he had tried twice before but she was too ill to attend.

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