Sunderland schoolgirl wows audiences with Rihanna rendition at UK singing contest

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TALENTED Sunderland songstress Jacee Pink has earned a place in the next round of one of the UK’s biggest singing contests.

The 11-year-old impressed judges at the area auditions of Open Mic UK 2014 and is one step closer to reaching the area finals.

Jacee, a pupil at Sandhill View School, wowed the audience with a rendition of Rihanna’s Diamonds at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre in Newcastle.

She beat a number of contestants and is one of only 20 to advance to the next round in October.

The youngster’s proud mother, Amy Pink, from Plains Farm, said: “It was only her second competition, so to beat 16-year-old singers at her age is amazing.

“She entered to gain confidence and experience, so she’s done really well to get through.”

Jacee, who goes by the stage name of Pinky, is no stranger to performing, having made the Grand Final of Teen Star 2014 in July.

She has performed at Sunderland’s Split Festival and even sang for ITV reality star Joey Essex when he visited South Shields last month.

Miss Pink added: “She’s a big fan of Joey, so meeting and performing for him was a dream come true for her.”

Remarkably, Jacee only began singing around a year ago and just has occasional singing lessons.

Open Mic UK is the UK’s biggest search for unsigned acts and gives performers the opportunity to sing in front of industry experts from the likes of Radio One and Atomic Kitten.

The overall winner of the competition will receive £5,000 to spend on their personal development, while prizes such as vocal coaching and studio time are up for grabs throughout the contest.