It’s going to be a very ‘Abi’ Christmas for one South Tyneside singer.
Jarrow teenager Abi Garrido will be spreading some festive cheer when she performs at the Christmas lights switch-on in Newcastle later this year.
The 18-year-old will appear at the Yuletide event on Thursday, November 19.
Metro Radio presenters Steve and Karen will light up the city, but Abi and North East pop trio North Road will entertain the crowds.
The season will be extra jolly for Abi, who will also perform at the Metro Radio Arena, in Newcastle, in December, alongside chart-topping acts like Olly Murs.
She won the chance to perform at Metro Radio Christmas Live after coming out on top at contest Metro Radio’s Big Audition.
Abi, who was crowned the Gazette’s Young Performer of the Year in 2012, said: “I think getting to do this is part of winning Big Audition. I’ve been getting lots of opportunities from it but I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m so excited.
“I’m going to make sure I do upbeat songs and a few Christmas ones too, to get people in the spirit.
“Christmas is the biggest part of the year for me – I like it better than my birthday.
“It’s a huge thing for all the family, we love it so much. We’ll be putting our tree up soon, we’re always one of the first in the street.
“I love Christmas, so getting to do something like this and get people excited for it is such an amazing opportunity.”
Abi, who made it to the judges’ houses stage of last year’s X Factor after being put in a girl band at boot camp, will follow in the footsteps of South Shields singer Joe McElderry.
The 24-year-old, who won The X Factor in 2009, turned on the Christmas lights in Newcastle in 2011.
Abi, who signed an international management deal with RU:Listening earlier this year, added: “I love going to see the Christmas lights being turned on, I go every year.
“I was there the year Joe McElderry did it and it was crazy how many people were there to watch. It’s going to be so weird to be up on the stage instead of watching, but I can’t wait.”
The switch-on, organised by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle NE1 Ltd, kicks off at 5.30pm at Grey’s Monument.
Festive entertainment will also be on offer within Intu Eldon Square, from 4pm to 8pm.