STARDOM feels within touching distance for two budding musicians after reaching the next stage of a national competition.
Anna Cullen and Molly Kelly, otherwise known as Bittersweet, are one step away from competing in the Teenstar 2014 Grand Final, after impressing judges.
The youngsters have made it to the North East area finals, which means they are just one performance away from playing the finals at the National Exhibition Centre, in Birmingham.
Anna, 11, and Molly, 10, of Chester-le-Street, attend St Cuthbert’s RC School, where they are members of the school choir.
Headteacher Mrs Clare Swales, said: “Molly and Anna have always been recognised in school for their fantastic singing and as wonderful performers.
“They have been leading stars in our choir for the past four years.
“We are so proud that their dedication and hard work has brought them this great success.”
The girls have been friends since they were babies and share a passion for music, which has lead them to arrange, write and harmonise their own music.
So far in the competition they have sung an acapella version of Give Me a Reason, by Pink, and their own medley of songs, including One Direction’s Kiss You.
They also choreograph their routines and style themselves for each performance.
Both girls are working hard on perfecting their area final performance.
TeenStar searches for the UK’s teen and pre-teen singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists.
Chris Grayston, events co-ordinator for TeenStar, said: “There is so much talent out there I’m sure we can find that star again.”