TEENAGE singer Hope Billie Swan has already come out on top in one Gazette competition.
The 14-year-old, of Sunderland Road, South Shields, was crowned winner of our Xmas Factor contest after her video won over our panel of judges.
Now, her parents are hoping she could be in the running for another accolade after nominating her for the title of young performer of the year.
The prize, sponsored by the Port of Tyne, is one of the accolades up for grabs at this year’s Pride of South Tyneside Awards.
The Harton Technology College pupil’s mum, Deborah, said: “Hope is a talented, hard-working child who strives to be her best in all she does.
“She was the lucky winner of the Gazette’s Xmas Factor competition earlier this year, and then went on to play the lead role of Alice in Through The Looking Glass at the Customs House in South Shields.
“She gave an astonishing dramatic and vocal performance in an extremely demanding role.
“Hope is also a talented dancer, and she’s attended the J ‘n’ K School of Dance since the age of five.
“She not only works hard at her out-of-school activities but also at school, where she is achieving high levels of success.
“As her parents, we couldn’t ask for a more motivated, talented and caring child.
“We think she thoroughly deserves this nomination.”
Hope, also a member of Starset Theatre in Boldon Colliery, said: “I love singing, so I’m really happy about being nominated.
“I was up for the award a couple of years ago, so I know what to expect, and I’m looking forward to performing for the judges.”
Entries are now closed.
The award ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on Thursday, June 12.
Young performer nominees will be invited to take part in a talent showcase at the Customs House on Thursday, May 8, to help the judges make their decision.