Hartlepool acts hope for success in young stars contest

Erin Gallagher-Smith
Erin Gallagher-Smith

Three starring acts from Hartlepool will be hoping for more success when they compete in the next round of a popular talent search competition.

Pupils from the MTA Academy in Hartlepool are in contention in the Beyond The Lights contest and have already battled through the early rounds.



Now the three acts - singer Melissa Hadwin, girl band Sparkle, and singer Erin Gallagher-Smith - will be back in action in Newcastle today.

Academy founder Toni Parker-Harvey said: “They have got through to the live finals which are this weekend and on March 19.”

Beyond The Lights is a general talent search which means it includes dancers, actors, singers and group acts.

All three acts will perform in two live rounds which will assess their creativity and individuality.

They are through to the live finals which challenges them to think outside the box

Toni Parker-Harvey

After all the rounds have been held, winners will be announced at an awards ceremony. There will also be recognition awards for style, image and stand out performances.

The judges will also include one overall winner from all of the talented performers.

But an added bonus, say organisers, is the news that scouts from major labels, shows and productions are attending each round of Beyond The Lights.

Toni added: “One of the rounds challenges them to think outside the box and use creativity.”

Melissa Hadwin

Melissa Hadwin

All the acts who have reached the live stages get the chance to attend a ceremony on April 30 where awards and scholarships will be given.

Toni said: “It is really good as they all get to perform and they all get invited to the presentation as well.”

Organisers of Beyond The Lights will be announcing top three spots in all categories of the competition and prize packages will be on offer with rewards such as trophies, cash prizes, and studio time.

Beyond The Lights is an organisation which aims to recognise and inspire talent in the UK.

It hosts industry showcases, competitions and promotea some of the best music events nationwide.

The organisation has more than 20 years of experience and deals with all 
aspects of the music industry.