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Unsigned Newcastle singer to perform at the arena

An unsigned singer from Newcastle says she is 'shocked and beyond words' after winning The Big Audition. The competition prize is the opportunity to sing at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

Danielle Brown will open the Christmas Live show. This is one of the biggest gigs in the North East with more than ten chart acts taking to the stage.

Danielle battled it out with 11 other finalists last night. Her take on Elle King's Ex's and Oh's impressed the judging panel and she was crowned winner of the 2016 competition.

Danielle on stage at Newcastle College Credit: ITV


Little Mix miss out on BRIT Awards

The Little Mix girls missed out on two BRIT Awards for Best Video and Best Single. They were nominated for Black Magic. Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards from South Shields took their mothers to the event. The group lost out to One Direction for Video and Adele for Single, but were the hot topic on social media for their performance.

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Another North East talent, Jin Jin was nominated alongside Jess Glynne for her work on Hold My Hand. Jin Jin, who is the daughter of the former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett, went home empty handed too.

Sunderland fan favourite's daughter up for BRIT

The daughter of former Sunderland footballer Gary Bennett is preparing to find out whether or not she'll join the successful nominees at the BRIT Awards. Jin Jin co-wrote Hold My Hand with Jess Glynne and the track is up for Best British Single. Jin Jin is up against Little Mix, including South Shields girls Perrie and Jade, Adele and Ellie Goulding.

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"Jin Jin discovered 5 x No. 1 selling artist Jess Glynne whilst at college, the pair, alongside producer Bless Beats, set about writing the singer’s debut album. Working on tracks such as 'Home' before Jess successfully signed to Atlantic Records, their relationship in the studio has left them in demand across the musical world. Jin Jin later penned Jess’ first official single release 'Right Here' (UK No. 6), going on to further success with singles ‘Real Love’ (UK No. 2) ‘Hold My Hand’ and 'Not Letting Go' featuring Tinie Tempah which topped the UK charts."

– Universal Music
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