Young Hartlepool singers hope to wow in Bring It On contest

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Talented town youngsters will be hoping to shine in the grand finals of a competition this weekend.

Two acts from Hartlepool - girl band Sparkle and singer Max Penfold, nine, - are through to the very last stages of the Bring It On contest.

And for Sparkle, it’s an extra special weekend as they will have to rush back to the North East for the challenge after competing in another grand finals on the same day in Huddersfield.

Hundreds of contenders have performed in the Bring it On competition and now it is down to the last 24.

The double success has delighted Toni Parker-Harvey, who runs the MTA academy, in Park Road, Hartlepool where both acts have honed their talents.

Toni said: “MTA is behind them every step of the way. I am very proud both Max and the girls have got to this stage and I think it’s going to be a great experience for them.”

MTA is behind them every step of the way. I am very proud both Max and the girls have got to this stage and I think it’s going to be a great experience for them

Toni Parker-Harvey, owner of the MTA academy

The final of Bring It On is being held at the Customs House in South Shields with 12 dance acts and 12 singers still in the running.

Toni said: “Max is performing a musical theatre song Me and My Girl and Sparkle are singing a pop medley. They are very excited as it’s something different.”

Max has been singing since he was three and is already excelling in musical theatre exams.

Sparkle are no strangers to success and Sunday promises to be an action-packed day for the girl band which consists of 12-year-old Holly Bentham and 11-year-olds Lottie Willis, Campbell Daniels and Lily Gowland.

Just hours before Bring It On, they will be appearing in the area final of another competition - the Teen Star challenge in Huddersfield where they will be representing the North East. Then, they will rush back to their North East to compete in South Shields

Toni added: “Both of the MTA acts have been rehearsing none stop for weeks and are really excited to perform on Sunday.”

Max and Sparkle have enjoyed success in the past. When he was seven, Max outperformed children up to four years older when he entered the Park Resorts Have Stars competition. And Sparkle reached the grand finals of Open Mic UK at Birmingham NEC earlier this year, performing in front of 1,000 people.