Hampshire singers will today battle in the region final of TeenStar

Daily Echo: TeenStar finalists Lauren Thomas, left, and Rhiannon Dyke, both of Romsey TeenStar finalists Lauren Thomas, left, and Rhiannon Dyke, both of Romsey

BUDDING Hampshire singers will be battling it out to become the next singing sensation.

Samuel Jones, known as S Jay, Amy Marsden, Abbie Spark, and duo Lauren Thomas and Rhiannon Dyke are through to the regional finals of TeenStar, a national singing competition for teens and pre-teens.

The youngsters will now face the judges singing live at the regional finals at Ferneham Hall in Fareham today.

If they get through to the area final they will then sing for a place in the final at the NEC in Birmingham.

Samuel and Amy both get singing coaching at Vocademy in Southampton and attend Brookfield Community School, in Sarisbury Green, 11-year-old Samuel entered last year’s competition and narrowly missed out by just one wild card for a place in the National Finals and is hoping to go one better this time.

As previously reported Samuel, from Locks Heath, used his singing to help him cope with his mum’s diagnosis of cancer, according to proud mum Paula.

Amy, 12, of Oaklands Way, Locks Heath, has only been singing for 18 months but plans to wow the judges with her own version of Wrecking Ball, by Miley Cyrus.

Lauren, 13, and Rhiannon, 12, from Romsey, sang Rather Be, by Clean Bandit, in their first competition as a pair to get through.

They were joined in their success by fellow Romsey competitor Abbie.

The final will give all acts the opportunity to impress record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry.

Previous winners include last year’s X Factor finalist Luke Friend.

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