THEY’RE waking up to a year in the spotlight – here’s the winners of our Face of 2013.
Hannah Jo Orrell and Daniel Corner caught the judges’ eyes at our final at the Stadium of Light.
Daniel Corner, a student, was shocked when he received the call to say he was this year’s Face Of winner.
The 18-year-old from Roker who loves his fashion was over the moon once it had sunk in.
“I didn’t think I would win it so I was just enjoying myself on the night,” he said. “All my friends were there to support me which was great and now I’m really looking forward to getting my prizes, especially the photoshoot – I feel famous!”
Daniel is currently studying A-Levels at Newcastle College but is hoping something will come from being on the books at Tyne Tees Models.
He said: “It’s weird that I’ll be classed as an actual model – it’s crazy but really exciting.
“I’m glad my sister put me forward for it now. She is really happy that I’ve won but she didn’t believe me at first! Neither did my mam and dad but they are both really proud of me.”
As well as studying, Daniel also works at Topman in the Bridges and is a barman at Independent so he is used to a busy schedule and he has received great support from his colleagues.
He said: “I’ve told everyone they have to buy the Echo to find out if I’ve won. I think they will stick it up all over once they realise it’s me.”
He added: “The competition has given me a lot of confidence and I definitely made the most of the final.
“I just thought I’m only going to be here once so I had to be confident and I just tried to be myself. I had a bit of banter with the judges and it obviously paid off.”
Our female winner was 18-year-old dancer Hannah Jo. She not only walks away with the Face Of 2013 crown but as our female winner she will automatically go through to the final of Miss Sunderland, which takes place on May 24.
“It’s just surreal,” explained Hannah Jo. “It still hasn’t sunk in but it’s amazing and I didn’t expect it at all because the competition was so good.
“I was happy just to be in the final so to win was so amazing.”
The 18-year-old, who studies dance at Blackpool Dance College, put herself forward for the competition to make her nana proud.
She said: “My nana and gran have both said all their prayers have been answered. They are so happy and my mam is ecstatic. They were screaming when I got the phone call.
“I think all my friends will be really surprised when they see me in the Echo but they will know all their support paid off as they all shared my picture on facebook to help me get votes.”
The dancer is used to being on a stage under the spotlight but modelling is something new and she can’t wait to get started.
She said: “I have heard that Tyne Tees Models are a great agency so I’m looking forward to working with them and seeing what it brings.”
THIS year we received the most entries since we started the competition six years ago, so our 11 finalists had already beaten more than 500 other hopefuls before they stepped in front of the judges at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.
After eight weeks and thousands of votes our finalists went head-to-head as they strutted their stuff in front of our panel for one last time.
The finalists met each other for the first time as they took part in a model bootcamp with Lesley Middlemiss Lister before the main event so they had a chance to eye up the competition.
Lesley deals with models everyday so she knew exactly what she was looking for. She said: “I was looking for someone with confidence and someone who could bring a bit of personality to the catwalk.
“They were all nervous and some picked it up quicker than others but I think they did a fantastic job and they should all be proud of themselves. I’ve judged a number of competitions like this over the years and I was pleased to see so many male entries. It’s great that the men put themselves forward.”
The bootcamp gave the finalists a confidence boost but it didn’t take the nerves away, especially when they saw the room full to bursting with supporters.
All that was left to do was to do their best to impress our panel of judges – Scott and Korinne Spock from Scott Spock Photography; Harry Hall from Reds Hair Salon; Lesley Middlemiss Lister from Tyne Tees Models; Sunderland Echo Editor John Szymanski and owner of Collinson Jewellers Harry Collinson.
But once they were twirling, posing and pouting, cheered on by friends and family, they couldn’t take the smiles off their faces.
Hopeful Pammy Rose, 20, from Seaham, said: “The screams and cheers were amazing and they made us feel really confident. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Ashleigh Williams from Houghton enjoyed taking to the catwalk in front of her mama and little boy Ellis.
The 21-year-old said: “I was dead nervous and my heart was racing but once I walked in the room and saw my family and heard all the cheering I relaxed and enjoyed it. It was the best feeling in the world and I’m glad I’ve done something that I know my mam will be proud of.”
Male contestant Jay Jaimeson is a singer so he’s used to crowds. The 22-year-old from Seaburn said: “Having the bootcamp first was a great way to break the ice between all the finalists and I’ve made some great friends tonight.
“It’s a great opportunity and I would recommend that other lads give it a go next year even if it’s just for the experience.”
The five boys and six girls had to pull out all the stops to be in with a chance of not only scooping the title but a fabulous prize package as well which included a year’s free hairdressing with Reds, a portfolio shoot with Scott Spock Photography, a year’s modelling contract with Tyne Tees Models, a make-up tutorial and make-up for the photoshoot with elite make-up artists Amanda Bell, and jewellery from Collinson Jewellers.
The photoshoot will also appear in the Echo so you will be able to see your Face Of 2013 winners fulfilling their model potential.
The stadium was full of proud parents and Ashleigh Williams’ mum Jill couldn’t keep the smile off her face. The 41-year-old from Houghton said: “Tonight has been great and I think they all did really well – I’m really proud of Ashleigh for getting this far.”
Christine Brown, 44, from Shiney Row, was at the Stadium to support her daughter Hannah Jo Orrell. She said: “It was excellent and it was lovely to see everyone supporting each other. It’s a great competition because it’s open to everyone and it’s good that the final decision comes down to how they come across in front of the judges on the night.”
Harry Hall, from Reds, has been on the judging panel since the competition began and once again he was bowled over by the quality of contestants.
He said: “Wearside kids often get a rough deal but this competition shows there are plenty of ambitious and nice youngsters out here.
“It’s also great to see more boys getting involved. This competition is open to everyone and I think that message has really come across this year.”
Our judges had a tough decision to make as once again the standard of entries went up another notch.
“They were split when it came to crowning the winning girl but after a debate the decision was unanimous.
So the Sunderland Echo’s Face Of 2013 winners are 18-year-old Hannah Jo Orrell, from Shiney Row, and 18-year-old Daniel Corner, from Roker.
Judges said Daniel had the full package – confidence, a sense of humour and he pulled off the swagger without being cocky.
Harry Collinson added: “His performance was as polished as his brogues – he really won us over.”
The girls caused a little more debate but Hannah Jo came out on top, the judges said: “She really held herself well. We think she will be a great ambassador for Sunderland and she was stunning.”