South Shields teenager in Talent Fest UK final

SINGER ... Rebekah Grace Summerhill is through to the grand final of Talent Fest UK.
SINGER ... Rebekah Grace Summerhill is through to the grand final of Talent Fest UK.

A TALENTED youngster dreaming of starring in London’s West End is on her way to the national final of a singing contest.

Rebekah Grace Summerhill, 13, has made it to the final of Talent Fest UK in two categories.

I was very nervous on the day and I really couldn’t believe it when they called my name out for both categories.

Rebekah Grace Summerhill

The Harton Technology College pupil, of Lisle Road, South Shields, was given the thumbs-up by judges at a regional heat in Gateshead last week.

She was one of three winners to be chosen in the junior solo singing category, after her rendition of Ella Henderson’s Yours, and in the junior musical theatre solo category, for her performance of Everything I Know from the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In The Heights.

She will compete in the contest’s final at Blackpool Winter Gardens on Sunday, September 27.

Her mum, Karen Dixon, said: “I’m so excited that she made it through in two categories.

“I heard about the competition on Facebook, and we decided to go along, and we couldn’t believe how many people were there and how huge it was.

“Rebekah wants to be on the West End, so this was great experience for her to get used to singing on different stages and in front of different people.

“There were about 23 or 24 people in the junior solo singing round, and we were just ecstatic when Rebekah got through.”

Karen added: “When it got to the musical theatre round, all the other kids were in costumes for their characters and had really gone all out, but Rebekah was just dressed in her own clothes and worried that she didn’t stand a chance.

“There were so many dancing and theatre schools there all cheering each other on, and then just me and Rebekah on our own.

“When they called her name again, and we realised she was through to the final in this category as well, we just couldn’t believe it.

“We didn’t expect it at all, and Rebekah was so happy she burst out crying.

“When we came home, she was silent for about 24 hours while she got over the shock.”

Rebekah added: “I was very nervous on the day, and I really couldn’t believe it when they called my name out for both categories.

“I’m really excited for the final but also terrified because there are some amazing acts going through all over the country.”

Rebekah, a member of East Boldon’s Starset Theatre group, is also through to the regional finals of another singing contest, TeenStar, taking place at Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre on Saturday.

Twitter: @ShieldsGazVicki