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Stacey Solomon will be the celebrity guest judge at Mecca's Sing Star national final in Blackpool

Stacey Solomon will be the celebrity guest judge at Mecca's Sing Star national final in Blackpool

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Former X Factor and The Jump contestant Stacey 
Solomon and Linda Nolan will be helping find a new 
generation of stars this 
weekend.

The celebrity singers will be hosting and judging Mecca Bingo’s Star Search national final at Mecca Blackpool on Saturday.

Eight finalists from across the UK will be singing for their chance to win a trip for two to Hollywood.

Stacey, seen earlier this year on Channel 4’s winter sports reality show The Jump, will be the guest host for the night, while Fylde star Linda will be on the judging panel, with Blackpool Gazette 
entertainment writer Anna Cryer.

Stacey said: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Mecca Star Search Finals. I know only too well the importance of having the confidence to put yourself out there and enter talent competitions like this.

“So much has happened since I took part in X Factor six years ago and it opened the door to some fantastic opportunities, most recently the launch of my debut album.”

The finalists, who won their place in the finals by coming top in the regional heats held earlier this year, will be judged on their singing talent, how entertaining their performances are and also their star potential.

The winning contestant will get the ultimate star treatment, jetting off to Los Angeles on a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Hollywood, with accommodation in a top Beverley Hills Hotel and spending money thrown in.

And there will be entertainment laid on for the audience – whether music or bingo fans – with acts including fire breathers and stilt walkers mingling with Hollywood look-a-likes and a ‘paparazzi’ cameraman at the Talbot Road bingo hall.

Mecca’s national entertainment manager Paul Heath said: “Our Star Search talent competition highlighted just how much hidden talent is out there.

“The eight finalists joining us in Blackpool have all set a really high standard, and I certainly don’t envy the judges’ job.

“There’s a whole host of entertainment for members to enjoy, so it’s sure to be a 
fantastic evening and a great opportunity to support some of the UK’s most talented 
amateur singers.”

Call (01253) 751938 for tickets.

The finalists:

Emma Heley, 32, of Cowlersley, part-time waitess who sang Jennifer Rush’s The Power of Love in her regional heat.

Natasha Ferry, 30, of Stockton, an administrator who sang Alexandra Burke’s version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Leon Bratt, 21, of Maulden, professional body piercer, who sang an acoustic version of Valerie, by The Zutons/Amy Winehouse.

Lauren Sanders, 29, of Rainham, an estate agent who sang Queen’s Somebody to Love to reach the final.

Sarah Hayward, 31, of
 Cwmbran, retail worker, sang Emilie Sande’s Clown in her heat.

Glamaphones, a retro three-piece, from Birmingham, did their own take on Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk.

Jade Lea Hegarty, 24, of Rochdale, sang Yours by Ella Henderson.

Nicola Taylor, 26, of Aberdeen, sang I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.