HITTING the right note has helped a Peterlee youngster through to the next round of a national singing competition.
Lottie Willis, a pupil at Howletch Lane Primary School, is through to the regional finals of Open Mic 2014 with her band, Sparkle.
The East Durham 10-year-old, who formed the band with 11-year-olds Campbell Daniels, Holly Bentham and Lily Gowland, is thrilled to have been chosen to go through to the finals.
Lottie’s proud mum, Lisa Willis, 42, said: “The girls got together and started getting really good feedback.
“They are really excited about getting through to the regional finals and are practising very hard.
“I am over the moon too. I’m very proud of them.”
Sparkle will perform a medley of pop songs for the live performance at Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, on October 19.
Open Mic UK 2014 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK and travels the country every year searching for the UK’s best singers and singer-songwriters.
Thousands of hopefuls entered Open Mic UK nationwide and hundreds of auditionees attended on the day, for their turn to impress the judges.
Those who made it through the audition stage will now take part in a live head-to-head battle, performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a music industry judging panel, in their bid to win a place at the National Grand Final.
The competition is divided into age categories, under 16, 16-20 and 21 and over. The winner of the grand final will win the main prize of £5,000 to spend on the development of their music career.