THE ‘Little Mix mums’ are hoping to find another X Factor winner when auditions for the hit TV show come to the borough.
Norma Thirlwall and Debbie Hogg – who saw their daughters Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards shoot to fame on the ITV show in 2011 – say there is a lot of talent to be found right here in South Tyneside.
Open auditions are set to be held at The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, on Wednesday, April 16.
Norma, from Laygate, South Shields, said: “There’s a huge amount of talent here, you just have to look at the kids being put in for Young Performer at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards to know that.
“Maybe it’s to do with all the drama groups and dance schools. Jade went to a few of them, and those groups give the kids the confidence to perform.
“It’s been three years since Little Mix won, so we’re definitely due another South Tyneside winner.
“The way South Tyneside got behind Little Mix and Joe was amazing – everyone got involved and I know it would be like that again.
“Having The X Factor hold auditions here is amazing for South Shields and for The Customs House.”
Debbie, from Whiteleas, added: “In South Shields, this is what our kids are born to do – there’s so much talent here.
“We’re definitely due another winner. It seems to be every couple of years and I hope this year is no different.
“Imagine how exciting it would be if we had found another winner.
“I think South Tyneside has some fantastic talent, so we’ve got a good shot at finding another star.”
Jade and Perrie won The X Factor as part of girl group Little Mix, alongside Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
Two years earlier, in 2009, Joe McElderry, also from South Shields, took the title.
Anyone aged 16 or over can audition for The X Factor. The open auditions at The Customs House will run from 10am to 3pm – or 4.30pm for those in full-time education – on April 16 and anyone hoping to sing for a place on the show can simply turn up.
The trials will be held in front of producers of the show, who will select candidates to go through to the televised auditions round.