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‘Erin & Jasmine’ crowned winners in star search competition

2nd December 2015

Six acts were shortlisted to perform in the grand finale of the Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) and Signal Radio Star Search 2015, with the contest drawing to a close last weekend in a spectacular live event. The search for this year’s winner reached a nail-biting climax with a talented duo from Madeley High School being crowned NULC/Signal Star 2015.  

Erin Campbell and Jasmine Gloster, known as ‘Erin and Jasmine’ performed their version of ‘Billie Jean’ by Michael Jackson, wowing the judging panel, consisting of Karen Dobson, Principal and Chief Executive at NULC, Tina McDonald, Performing Arts Centre Manager at NULC, Jake Shakeshaft and Andy Cook from Signal Radio.

Emily Lockett from Biddulph High School, was crowned the Signal Star 2015 runner-up, impressing the judging panel by performing a song that she wrote herself.

The talent competition, designed to uncover the finest young performing talent in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, also saw Phoebe Bostock from Sandon High School, Reece Barker from Trentham High School, Olivia Woods from Newcastle-under-Lyme School, Kevine Kapend from Thistley Hough Academy enter the competition to claim the title of NULC/Signal Star 2015 and a lucrative prize package worth over £500.

Karen Dobson said: “Everyone that performed on the evening are extremely talented individuals, and should be very proud of themselves for beating off stiff competition to make it to the grand finale”

The audience was also treated to a live performance by former NULC student Jake Shakeshaft who competed on BBC's The Voice in 2014.   Jake achieved a BTEC Extended Diploma in Music Technology from NULC and has since hit the big time writing and performing his own songs and playing covers from artists such as Ed Sheeran, Oasis and The Arctic Monkeys.

Karen continued: “Picking a winner was a tough task, but Erin and Jasmine were outstanding. I’m sure that all of the acts have a bright future ahead of them.”

The College opened its doors to a brand new Performing Arts Centre earlier this year.  Facilities at the £5.5 million centre include a 200 seat theatre, air conditioned dance studios, an outdoor amphitheatre, live recording studio and a state-of-the-art rehearsal suite.

NULC offers courses from entry to university level including A Levels in music and theatre studies and BTEC Extended Diplomas in acting, dance, music performance, music technology, musical theatre and theatre production.

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‘Erin & Jasmine’ crowned winners in star search competition

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