A PONTELAND schoolgirl is once again making her mark in a national singing competition.
After impressing the judges with her rendition of Katy Perry’s song Teenage Dream at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, Olivia Dixon won through to the regional finals of TeenStar 2014.
She first entered the contest last year and reached the area section, which covers large parts of the UK and is one step away from the grand final stage in London. She performed Impossible by former X Factor winner James Arthur and Coldplay’s Fix You among other hits.
The 14-year-old attends Ponteland High School and she has also taken part in a competition that involved singing and dancing when she was a pupil at Richard Coates Middle School.
She said: “I gave TeenStar a go last year to see what it was like and I got further than I expected.
“I enjoyed it more as I progressed through the rounds and even though there were about 500 people in the audience for the area final, I couldn’t see their faces as only the stage lights were on, so I was able to concentrate on my singing.
“My heat this year was less daunting than in 2013 because I wasn’t the youngest and I knew what was coming.
“I’m really grateful to my friends and family for their support and my next door neighbour also comes along to watch me perform, which I think is really nice.”
The contest for teenage singers, duos and vocal groups starts off with auditions and live music showcases hosted across the country. Acts can perform either covers or original material and it is open to all genres.
There are £20,000 worth of competition prizes up for grabs and the package for the overall winner includes £5,000 cash to spend on their music development, recording studio time and classes with experts.
Olivia’s mum Dianne said: “She’s done great to get through the first stage again and now she knows what to expect. It would be amazing if she got through to the grand final in London.
“Lots of people have come along to watch her perform, including quite a few of the friends she made at Richard Coates Middle School.”
The regional finals will take place at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre on March 22.