A BROTHER and sister from the borough have wowed the judging panel on a national singing competition to make it through to the regional finals.
The youngsters, from Cullercoats, both entered the TeenStar competition separately, and have been picked to go through to the next stage of the competition in their different age groups.
Thirteen-year-old Bethany Miller and her brother Brook, ten, have been given the big thumbs up by judges at the TeenStar auditions in their subsequent age groups and will now be performing at the live stages of TeenStar, the brand new competition for teens and pre-teens.
Mum Sharon said: “Bethany has never had a singing lesson and has never competed in anything like this before.
“They sang as individuals as they are in different age group categories, which is quite unique as they are siblings and both got through in different age categories.
“I am so proud of them both.”
Marden Bridge pupil Brook wowed the judges with his rendition of Olly Murs’ Dance With Me tonight, and Bethany, who attends Whitley High School, belted out Emile Sanders’ Beneath You’re Beautiful, to win their spots in the regional final.
The siblings are now in the running to compete for a place in the National Final within The O2 in London.
They will now take part in a live regional head to head battle alongside the best talent in their area where they will be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the national grand final.
Anna Leigh Vocal Studios student Jessica Rosina Armstrong, has also made the cut.
The 13-year-old impressed the judges with her rendition of Birdy’s Skinny Love, and will now join Bethany and Brook at the regional finals to battle for a place in the national final.
Singing coach Anna leigh said: “Jessica dreams of a singing career and feels by entering TeenStar it is the first steps to achieving her dream.
“She works very hard in her singing lessons and practices all types of music. Winning teen star would be a great confidence boost to push forward her dream.”
Chris Grayston, events coordinator for TeenStar, said: “We are looking to find an act that has something unique to offer, with both the ability to deliver a strong live performance but also potential to become a professional recording artist.
“There is so much talent out there I’m sure we can find a star.”
Visit www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk for more details.