THE search for Cheshire’s next singing sensation moved one step closer as the finalists for the ‘Spotlight’ competition were announced last weekend.

Paige Phillips,13, Jolie Kay,15, Lauren Hickin,16, Beth Coates,15, Emily Baddeley, 15, Sam Lyon, 15, Victoria Carney, 12, Will Garner, 17, Milly Whittle, 15, Kayleigh Lloyd, 14, will all sing at the final to be held at De Bees Music Bar this Friday, July 16.

All finalists will be filmed and reviewed on the Cheshire FM website for the public to vote on.

The winner will have their song recorded and sing live at the Summer in the Suburbs festival to be held in the town next month.

Shelley Holloway, Spotlight organiser, said: “It was so hard to judge, as we saw so much amazing talent over the weekend they should all be very proud of themselves.

“It takes a lot to get up in front of a crowd of people and sing your heart out never mind in a competition where you are being judged, so all contestants should feel very proud.”

Proceeds from the night will go towards St Luke’s Hospice.