A DANCE and drama group is celebrating a triple whammy after three of its acts made it to the regional finals of a singing contest.
A trio of performers from Showstoppers, in Farringdon, Sunderland, is set to compete in Teen Star.
They all got really positive feedback from the judges and they’re all really good friends who give each other support.
Girl group Emoji – made up of 11-year-olds Jacee Pink, Tahnee Kelly, Chloe Forster and Bethany Dugdale-Davis – soared through to the next stage of the contest, at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre and Opera House, after their performance of Little Mix’s Move.
Jacee and Tahnee also made it through as soloists with their a cappella renditions of Uptown Funk, by Bruno Mars, and Meghan Trainor’s Lips Are Moving, respectively.
The girls, who all attend Showstoppers, which meets at The Dolphin pub, in Archer Road, have been singing together for just three weeks and will compete for a place in the national final on April 11.
Jacee’s mum, Amy, who manages Showstoppers, said: “Jacee made it all the way to the grand final last year when she was 10 and it’s amazing this year that the four of them have made it through to the regional heat.
“They had to sing in front of a panel of industry professionals to secure their spot. There were a lot of people there and lots got turned away so it’s fantastic that they all made it.
“They’ve only been singing together as a group for about three weeks and they’re brilliant, I think they’ve got real potential.
“They all got really positive feedback from the judges and they’re all really good friends who give each other support.”
Teen Star is a nationwide singing competition for teenagers and pre-teens which gives youngsters the opportunity to perform in front of judges from major record labels including Universal, Warner and Sony.