Teenage singer wins Genfactor

Lauren Waine

Lauren Waine

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A TEENAGER was on song to take the top slot in a talent show.

Lauren Waine beat scores of young hopefuls to win Genfactor 2012, held at Washington School.

Genfactor housing company Gentoo’s own talent competition, which gives young people in Sunderland a chance to showcase their talents.

Of more than 100 acts which auditioned, 16 reached the final and performed to five judges, including previous winners Liam Jones and Alex Forth.

Sixteen-year-old Sunderland College student Lauren blew them away with her rendition of This is the Moment, from Jekyll and Hyde.

Lauren, who won £500 worth of vouchers said: “It was brilliant fun and everyone enjoyed the experience.

“On the night all the acts felt like winners.”

Four-piece Collison won best band, and 13-year-old break dancer Jack Loftus won best dance act.

Jonny Chambers from Spark FM was the compare for the evening and Autism for Heroes, a Sunderland band made up of young people who have autism who perform to raise funds for Help for Heroes, kicked the event off with a few of their own songs.

Gentoo deputy chief executive John Craggs said: “The level of talent amongst young people in our city is really exceptional.

“For so many to have the self-confidence to get on the stage and sing, dance and entertain makes the Genfactor such a brilliant event.”

Winners of previous years have gone on to perform on live TV and radio as well as performing on stage at Sunderland Empire and Durham Gala Theatre.

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