PRIDE of Hartlepool Awards hopeful Sophie Stokle has the X Factor.
The teenager who hopes to become Britain’s next singing sensation is now seeking fame on a number of fronts having blossomed since first featuring in the Hartlepool Mail’s Hartlepool’s Got talent contest in June 2010.
The 16-year-old is now on course to make the live stages of X Factor after two days of auditions in front of judges.
But before that, she has a date at the Pride of Hartlepool Awards ceremony in front of almost 200 invited guests along with some other talented young performers.
The teenage singing sensation then faces a nervous wait to discover what the next step is on her X Factor journey.
Sophie’s proud parents Paula Coomer and Graeme Stokle queued for nine hours with their devoted daughter as thousands of young hopefuls descended on the Metro Radio Arena, in Newcastle, for the open auditions, at the weekend.
On Saturday she sailed through and was invited back for further auditions the next day.
By Sunday teatime she had earned herself a slot in front of a panel from record company Sony and was given their vote of confidence.
Now she is hoping to make the next stage of the TV spectacular.
Mum Paula said: “She is amazing and so dedicated.
“Her confidence has soared and I believe it all started when she entered Hartlepool’s Got Talent.
“She really enjoyed that experience and it gave her the drive to go on and do more. She has developed so much and is doing fantastically well.
“It was nerve-wracking at the auditions and it was amazing to see her go through to the next stage but she took it all in her stride.
“She is so talented but so relaxed about things.”
Sophie sang American Idol star Jennifer Hudson’s ‘I love you I do’ to wow judges at the Tyneside event.
The former Manor College of Technology pupil, who hopes to go to a performing arts college in Middlesbrough later this year, is now awaiting the call that could shape her life.
Sophie, who lives in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, told the Mail: “I’m so looking forward to the next phase.
“It was an amzing feeling to go through from the thousands who auditioned.
“I am determined to be successful and I will make it happen.”