Which act will have the x-factor in Sunderland?

Katie Hilton, who is taking part in this Friday's Genfactor competition.
Katie Hilton, who is taking part in this Friday's Genfactor competition.
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WELCOME to Sunderland’s version of the X Factor.

A dozen acts will battle it out in the annual city-wide talent competition tomorrow.

Housing provider Gentoo’s The Genfactor had more than 116 singers, bands and dance acts from Sunderland schools audition for a place in its bootcamp.

A total of 35 made it through and that number has been whittled down to a final 12.

They will do battle for the chance to be crowned Genfactor 2011 winner.

Acts taking part include rockers Turn the Tide, Hip Hop Honeyz and Cerebral Echo.

Genfactor 2010 winner vocalist Liam Jones, of Houghton, will this year be judging the contest alongside dance choreographer Jennifer Oswald, Gentoo chief executive John Craggs and Echo editor Rob Lawson.

A surprise guest judge has also been lined up for the night.

Last year’s win has seen Liam go on to achieve more success, after he also triumphed in BBC2’s Young Chorister of the Year contest. Liam, who will also perform himself on the night, said: “The Genfactor provided a great opportunity to inspire young talented people in our city and be involved as a community.”

Michelle Meldrum, deputy director of Gentoo Sunderland said: “It’s great to see Liam doing so well and we hope to give other talented individuals in the city the opportunity to do the same.

“The Genfactor competition has a strong focus on rewarding talent and has helped us to engage with communities in a different way.

“At Gentoo, we want to make a difference with young people, and this initiative along with others can only help us do that.”

Compere for the evening will be Spark FM DJ Jonny Chambers.

The Genfactor 2011 competition takes place at Academy 360, in Pennywell, tomorrow, starting at 6pm.

For more information about the event contact ann.donkin@gentoogroup.com.

The contenders: Hip Hop Honeyz – dance group; Maxwell Dickson and Sophie Miller – singing duet; Bradley Johnson – jazz guitarist; Sophie Rostron – dancer; Alex Forth – solo singer; Turn the Tide – band; Cerebral Echo – band; Chloe Stubbs – dancer; Casey Roach – solo singer; Andrew Hill – dancer; Kate Hilton – solo singer; Emma Mhlanga and Stembie Muchegwa – singing duet