A girl band is hoping to find stardom after making it to the grand final of two singing competitions.
NE Girls – made up of South Shields lass Michaela White alongside Becca Richardson and Jasmine Thompson from Newcastle – are in the running for two titles.
The girls will head to the Birmingham NEC Arena for the last round of Open Mic and compete closer to home in the final of Soundwaves at Newcastle’s O2 Academy.
The group was formed in April by music promoter Dean Maynard, and the girls share dreams of superstardom and being the next big girl band on the music scene.
Michaela, 17, who works in a doctor’s surgery, said: “We’re just over the moon to have made it into two finals.
“We’re a pop group and like singing songs that are in the charts but we’ve started writing our own as well.
I think we’ve definitely got what it takes to be the next big girl band.Michaela White
“We feel really confident that we’re going to win these contests because we’ve had really good feedback.
“We’ve been scouted to appear on Britain’s Got Talent and we had a meeting with someone from Simon Cowell’s record label Syco too and it went really well.
“We’re really hoping something comes out of it and that this year is going to be massive for us.
“People tell us we’re the Geordie Spice Girls, which is really cool, and we’ve only been together since April but we’re really proud of how far we’ve come already.”
In July, the girls landed their first festival spot and have been continuously gigging ever since, picking up awards nominations along the way.
They’re also in talks to record their first EP.
Michaela said: “This is what we all want to do, we want to be a professional girl band and we’re going to work hard to get there.
“We’ve been getting loads of gig offers and we’ve got a really big fanbase already, it’s crazy.
“I think we’ve definitely got what it takes to be the next big girl band.”