September 23 2014 Latest news:
Ajay Nair, Reporter
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Teenage talent show contestants have made their mark by impressing judges and getting through to the next round of a national TV talent contest.
Former Havering Sixth Form College student Henrietta Adewole, 18, and Havering and Barking and Dagenham girl group SweetChix, aged 14 to 16, got yeses all round on Saturday’s instalment of the Britain’s Got Talent show.
Henrietta, who is now at the Academy of Contemporary Music, once studied performing arts at Havering College and achieved a triple distinction.
Schoolgirls SweetChix, who are Rebecca Wallace, 16, from Rush Green, Tayler Martin, 14, from Hornchurch, Jessica Ali, 16, from Romford, Georgia King, 16, from Dagenham and Summer Emery, 15, from Leigh-on-Sea, are managed by Summer’s mum – who runs Emery Stage School in Rainham.
Henrietta, who turned to music when her dreams of running in the Olympics was shattered after being struck by a drunk driver, performed a soulful rendition of Passenger’s song Let Her Go.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden said: “Henrietta, I love your voice – that is a really good audition.”
Fellow judge Alesha Dixon added: “You have a lovely tone, it’s quite jazzy – soulful.”
SweetChix performed Back To Black, by Amy Winehouse, and grabbed the attention of Simon Cowell who said: “The vocals were good and the harmonies were good – I can see real potential with you.”
Judge David Walliams added: “You girls have all got great personalities and that really shone through.”
SweetChix manager Natalie Emery said: “It takes someone to notice them and see that potential as well.” She added: “I don’t think they can believe it themselves.”
The fate of the two local acts will be decided on Sunday’s concluding auditions episode.
Tune in on ITV at 7pm to find out whether Henrietta and SweetChix get through to the live semi-finals.