TWO singing stars from the borough have been given the big thumbs up by judges of a national competition.
Shauna Gallon, from Whitley Bay, and Brittany Farrow, from North Shields, are among the talented few who have made it through to the regional finals of TeenStar, and will now be performing at the live stages for the chance to win £5,000.
The pair are now in the running to compete for a place in the national final at the O2 in London.
Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live regional head to head battle alongside the best talent in their area.
Fourteen-year-old Shauna, who earlier this year released a charity single for the NSPCC, which has so far raised more than £6,500 for the charity, and 15-year-old Brittany, will perform in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel on March 23 to win a place at the national grand final.
Norham High School pupil Brittany wowed the judges with the Kings of Leon track Use Somebody, while Shauna opted for an accoustic version of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good.
Shauna’s mum Louise said: “She is always doing her singing for charity, so this is the first time she is actually entering a competition just for her.
“This could really help to launch her nationwide, she is so talented, this could be a great platform for her.”
The latter stages of the competition will also provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry as well as judges from BBC Introducing, national radio and regional press with judges being more prestigious in the later rounds.
Past judges for Open Mic UK include Radio 1 DJs Ras Kwame and Annie Nightingale MBE, KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges and Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill who was one half of Artful Dodger.
Visit www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk for more information.