A TEENAGE dancer is leaping for joy after winning Sunderland’s answer to Britain’s Got Talent.
Aaron Hough, 15, wowed Genfactor judges with his complex dance routines to scoop the winner’s crown.
He performed in front of a crowd of more than 800 in the final at Sunderland Empire, along with 13 other finalists.
Each year, Gentoo stages the contest to unearth the city’s most talented young people.
Sandhill View School pupil Aaron, who’s been dancing for three years, said: “I am so excited and happy.
“I didn’t expect to win and feel really overwhelmed.
“It was a great experience and I really enjoyed performing.”
This year’s judging panel was made up of John Craggs, deputy chief executive at Gentoo; David Smith, managing director of Sapien Records; Barry Hyde, Futureheads frontman; Natalie Catlah from The Barre Studio and previous Genfactor winner Liam Jones.
Second prize went to SK Dance, a contemporary dance troupe aged 12-16.
Kate Hilton and Alice Liddle were chosen as joint third-place winners. This was the fourth time 15-year-old singer Kate has made it to the final. Grade six pianist and singer Alice also impressed judges with her performance of When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2.
John Craggs, judge and Gentoo deputy chief executive said: “This is about young people having the confidence and opportunity to express their talents.
“It is really great seeing our local community, staff, partners and volunteers coming together to celebrate and recognise the amazing talent we have in Sunderland.”