Manor Walks Cramlington is looking for the North East’s next singing sensation for Christmas 2018.

The winner of ‘A Star is Born’ singing contest will perform at the centre’s big Christmas lights switch on taking place on Saturday 24th November

The competition, in association with Heart FM and Cramlington Town Council, is inviting aspiring young talent, aged between 6 and 17-years-old, to take centre stage to win an amazing cash prize of £500.

Budding singers can share their special talent by applying to take part in a live audition in front of a panel of judges in a semi-final at Manor Walks on Saturday 17th November.

Applications open on Thursday 1st November to individual singers and groups who are being asked to apply via an application form and send a recording of themselves singing one song that will show off their voice and talent to star@manorwalks.co.uk

At the semi-final which will take place in Centre Mall, contestants will be asked to sing two songs including a Christmas favourite to get everybody into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the festivity on the mall. The audience will also have their chance to vote for their favourite act and three entrants will be invited to the final the following week.

On the day of the switch on, a panel of judges will choose one lucky youngster to be crowned the winner of A Star is Born who will win a £500 cash prize and help switch on the shopping centre’s Christmas lights.

Bruno Coppola, General Manager at Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure, said: “It’s great to have our extremely popular A Star Is Born signing competition back for the second year running. The region has some amazing talent, and we are looking forward to watching and reviewing each contestant’s video.

“The festive season is a special time for everyone and we can’t wait to help make one lucky child’s dreams come true by crowning them the winner of A Star is Born and giving them a £500 cash prize, for a magical Christmas they will never forget.”

John Collins, Chairman of Cramlington Town Council, said: “We are delighted to be supporting A Star is Born competition again, it’s a great platform for young people across the North East to showcase their vocal talent.

“It is such a wonderful opportunity to become the star of Cramlington’s festive celebrations and perform live on stage. You never know you might just be the North East’s next singing sensation.”

Entries close at 5pm on Sunday 11th November. For more information and full terms and conditions of A Star is Born go to www.manorwalks.co.uk

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