Could Hartlepool singers represent the UK at Eurovision in 2016?

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Performers from Hartlepool charity Red Dreams are hoping for glory in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Red Dreams have put three acts and songs forward to the official competition for Eurovision 2016, being held in Stockholm, Sweden.

Michael Rice on The X Factor

Michael Rice on The X Factor

Bosses have put forward Elena Larkin, 18, who has recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, and is still being tracked by some very large record labels, with a song called ‘Introducing Me’.

They have also put forward a song called ‘Escapism’ composed and performed by songwriters Paul Hart, 30, and David Arnett, 26, who have already had chart success and have written for a number of artists.

Finally, there’s the up-tempo and euro-friendly ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ written by a London producer Jamie Sellers and Michael Rice, 18, and performed by Michael, who saw success in the ITV show X Factor.

A spokesman for Red Dreams said: “Three extremely different types of song, any of which you could see being performed to thousands or even to millions.

“To apply we had to send a video of the live performance to the BBC via a special network, the application process closed on November 20, so fingers crossed.

“Red Dreams have been proud to help and work with some amazingly talented young people from Hartlepool and the North East, watching them grow and develop their talent and confidence to such an extent that they have appeared on television with the X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice.”