Sunderland schoolgirl hoping to turn sing star

Amelia Dennis, from Ashbrooke, who is regional finalist in an open-mic competition
Amelia Dennis, from Ashbrooke, who is regional finalist in an open-mic competition
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TALENTED teen Amelia Dennis is hoping to warble her way to fame.

The Ashbrooke youngster has crooned her way through to the finals of a regional singing contest.

St Anthony’s pupil Ameila is now hoping to impress judges to be in with a chance of winning a recording contract.

The teenager, who is studying A-levels including sociology and textiles at the school’s sixth form, started hitting the high notes as a tot.

A member of the Activate drama school since she was three-years-old, Amelia sang solo for a fish commercial aged six and has also performed at the Sage Gateshead with her school’s choir.

She said: “I really want to sing something that shows off my voice.

“I like older songs and singers like Nora Jones.”

Songstress Ameila balances studying with working at the Stadium of Light and hopes to go on to university.

“I want to get an education,” she said: “I want to become famous, but it might not work out, but hopefully I will get picked up.”

The next round of Open Mic will take place in front of industry figures at the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, on October 27.

Parents Lorraine and Daniel will be there, along with the rest of her family.

The annual national competition searches for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

Thousands entered the contest across the country for the chance to win the top prize of a recording contract and up to a £50,000 in cash prizes, with a grand final at London’s O2.

Previous winners of the popular nationwide competition have gone on to sign record deals.

The 2010 winner, Hatty Keane, signed to Future Music and BGM, and has performed with singers such as man-of-the-moment Ed Sheeran.

Birdy, who won the competition in 2008, is signed to Warner and recently collaborated with band Mumford and Sons.

The regional final takes place on Saturday, October 27, at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Newcastle.

Acts are allowed to perform in three age categories: 16 and under, 17 to 22 and 23 and over.

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