Jamie and Tara set sights on O2

TWO teenagers hit the right note with judges as they took a step closer to fulfilling their dreams of pop stardom.

Jamie Welch, of Bedlington, and Tara Richardson, of Cramlington, have secured a place in the regional heat of this year’s Open Mic UK competition at the Journal Tyne Theatre in Newcastle on Saturday, October 22.

Jamie, 15, and Tara, 14, are both hoping to make it to the national final at the O2 in London to vie for the chance to win a share of prizes billed as being worth £50,000.

Tara’s mum Deborah, said: “Singing has always been a hobby for Tara, so she is seeing where this takes her, but she also has her heart set on being a doctor.

“She won the Cramlington’s Got Talent show and took part in the Northumberland Catholic Extended Services Partnership Fusion Festival at Druridge Country Park in the summer and was going to perform at the Ignition Festival in Newcastle until it was cancelled. She loves to sing.”

Jamie’s mum Helen said he has been singing since he was five and over the summer appeared in a production of the musical Bugsy Malone at the Sunderland Empire.

He is also the lead singer of a rock band called Nuclear Age.

Open Mic UK is a national talent competition for unsigned singers, songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres performing either covers or original material.

Chris Grayston, head of event organiser Future Music, said: “We are searching for an act whose live performance will impress an audience and who has the potential to become a professional recording artist.

“The standard was high last year and this year looks set to be even better.”

The competition is divided into three age categories – 16 and under, 17 to 22, and 23 and over.

Visit www.openmicuk.co.uk for details.