Talented Wearsiders thrilled the audience at Sunderland’s version of the X Factor

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TALENTED teenagers showcased their talent at Genfactor – Wearside’s very own version of the X Factor.

This year’s Genfactor competition saw some of the city’s best singers and dancers wowing a panel of judges at Academy 360 in Pennywell.

The Gen Factor 2011, held at Academy 360 in Sunderland. Dancer Sophie Rostron

The Gen Factor 2011, held at Academy 360 in Sunderland. Dancer Sophie Rostron

Echo editor Rob Lawson took on the judging honours, along with Gentoo deputy chief executive John Craggs, dance choreographer Jennifer Oswald, last year’s winner Liam Jones and a Simon Cowell lookalike.

Rob said: “The standard on show at this year’s event was really fantastic.”

Winner Alex Forth, 15, was the unanimous choice for the title after her performance of Home, from Beauty and the Beast.

Runners-up New Girls are Emma and Stembie, 13, from Washington High School, covered Travie McCoy’s I Want to Be a Billionaire.

The Gen Factor 2011, held at Academy 360 in Sunderland Turn The Tide band

The Gen Factor 2011, held at Academy 360 in Sunderland Turn The Tide band

The judges said they couldn’t separate guitarist Bradley Johnson or singer Kate Hilton, 12. so decided to award them joint third.

Sandhill School pupil Bradley has been playing the instrument for three years and demonstrated a fantastic level of ability on stage.

Other acts performing were:

* Southmoor School pupil Andrew Hill, who entertained the audience with his body-popping dance routine.

* Dancers Hip Hop Honeyz, from Oxclose Young People’s Project, impressed judge Jennifer Oswald with their razor-sharp routine.

The group hopes to perform a large-scale show by the end of this year.

* Young duo Maxwell Dickson and Sophie Miller formed for the contest and did themselves proud singing Take That’s The Flood.

* Sophie Rostron, 14, used all her experience from years of dancing with an eye-catching display.

* Turn the Tide, made up of 15-year-old Venerable Bede School pupils Dale Whitfield, Daniel Casey and Emily Newby, had judges John Craggs and Rob Lawson tapping their feet with a rocking take on Australian group Jet’s Are You Gonna Be My Girl.

* Houghton Kepier-based band Cerebral Echo continued the indie twist to the evening, covering The Fratelli’s single Chelsea Dagger.

* Dancer Chloe Stubbs was in her own school and showed her seven years’ dancing experience with a display full of emotion.

* Casey Roach, aged 13, sang Adele’s Make You Feel My Love which brought a rapturous round of applause.