With just a few days to go until the grand final, excitement is building for the north-east’s largest youth singing contest.
Alannah Moar, 17, from Laurencekirk will be flying the flag for the Mearns as she lines up with 11 talent acts.
The Mearns Academy pupil is very clear about where she sees herself in the future. She wants to go on a world tour as a professional recording and performing artist. For now, the 17-year-old Ed Sheeran fan lives at home in Laurencekirk with her parents, two brothers, two dogs and two cats. She loves all sorts of music ranging from folk to indie and rock. For the final, Alannah will perform two songs which she composed herself.
The NEX Factor singing competition, highlights the most promising music stars between the ages of 13 and 19 from across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
Twelve talented teenage acts will line up in the final which takes place at the Thainstone Exchange, Inverurie on Saturday, May 30, with all funds raised going to Aberdeen-based charity Cash for Kids.
Over 100 youngsters applied and through a series of auditions the judges whittled the field down to the final 12 acts – 11 soloists and one duo – to vie for the 2015 NEX Factor title and win a fantastic first prize.
This year’s winning act will receive £1,000 in prize money, a session at a recording studio, a personal art portrait, plus an amazing day out in London with world-renowned music artist Emeli Sandé, Aberdeenshire’s most successful pop star.
Around 700 people are expected to pack into the Thainstone Exchange for the grand final of the NEX Factor with the audience voting for the winner.
Tickets are selling quickly, and all proceeds from the contest will go to Cash for Kids, which raises money for the welfare of local young people under the age of 18 living in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Competition organiser, Yasmeen Ali, said: “This year’s NEX Factor final is set to be a fantastic event. The finalists are of an extremely high standard. Regardless of who triumphs on the night, all of the finalists have done really well to get to this stage and I’m sure have very bright futures ahead of them.
“Those in the audience on the 30th will have a difficult job selecting the winner, but in years to come they can say they helped put these youngsters on the road to stardom.
“NEX Factor is a community event that benefits those in needs and encourages charitable giving in children. It’s for the kids, by the kids.
“We hope to raise a large amount to allow Cash for Kids to continue its incredible work. There is a lot of excitement amongst the finalists about the prospect of a day out in London with Emeli Sandé, and we can’t thank her enough for her involvement.”
This year, all but one of the finalists is female. Each finalist will perform two songs chosen by themselves.
Tickets for the NEX Factor final are priced at £15 per person and can be purchased via the Cash for Kids website at www.northsound1.com/charity/fundraising-appeals/nex-factor/.