Sunderland singers in TeenStar final

Sophie Leigh, of Watcombe Close, Usworth Hall, Washington, who was successful in national talent contest 'teen star' and will be singing live at the O2 in the grand final.

Sophie Leigh, of Watcombe Close, Usworth Hall, Washington, who was successful in national talent contest 'teen star' and will be singing live at the O2 in the grand final.

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TWO would-be popstars will fly the flag for Wearside when they perform in London tomorrow.

Teenagers Sophie Leigh and Olivia Lawson have beaten competition from thousands of entrants to perform at London’s O2 Arena, in the TeenStar 2013 National Grand Final.

Olivia Lawson

Olivia Lawson

The talented youngsters are among fewer than 20 who have made it through to the finals of the competition, which had 9,000 entrants.

Olivia, from The Broadway, Sunderland, will be performing in the 13 to 15-year-old category.

The Grindon Hall school pupil, now 16, told the Echo: “This is the first time I’ve ever entered the competition and I’m really looking forward to getting on stage.

“I’m a bit nervous, as going through the various stages you got to see the other acts and there are some great performers, but I’m excited, and just hope I’ll do well.”

Sophie, 15, from Usworth Hall, Washington, will join Olivia in the 13 to 15-year-old category and is also excited about the final.

Along with Olivia, the Biddick Academy pupil beat off competition from thousands of other aspiring stars in a series of gruelling auditions before taking part in regional and national live-music showcases.

She said: “I can’t believe how far I have come in the competition. That I’m actually going to be singing at The O2 in London is unbelievable, and I really can’t wait.

“I’ve only really performed at school previously, so to have this chance is totally amazing.”

The TeenStar competition for teens and pre-teens travels the UK in search of the best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres.

There are more than £20,000 of prizes up for grabs, with the overall winner handed £5,000 and a publicity and consultation package to help kickstart their musical career.

Former Radio 1 DJ Ras Kwame, KISS FM’s Charlie Hedges, and Ivor Novello and award-winning songwriter and producer Mark Hill will be on the judging panel for the final.