Video: North Wootton sisters through to next round of national singing competition

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 October 2012

Georgia (right) and Maddi Dawson from North Wootton have made it through to the area finals of Open Mic UK. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Georgia (right) and Maddi Dawson from North Wootton have made it through to the area finals of Open Mic UK. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Sisters Georgia and Maddi Dawson have moved a step closer to winning a national singing competition after impressing judges at the weekend.

The North Wootton girls, aged 12 and 10, are through to next month’s area finals of Open Mic UK after storming through the regional finals in Bedford on Sunday.

The sisters, performing as Funky Little Folk, are now just one step away from performing in the national final at the O2 Arena in London in January.

Their mum Vicki Boulding said: “We are just in shock as the talent on show was incredible and most of the performers would have put the X Factor contestants to shame.

“They had three minutes and 30 seconds to impress the judges so performed Dolly Parton’s Jolene and Amy McDonald’s This is the Life and I thought they did really well.

“The girls were the youngest on the day but really held their own and were the first through out of the six chosen by the judges.

“I think people are amazed at how good their performances are considering they are just 10 and 12.”

She added: ““The ultimate prize for the competition is to sing at the O2 plus the chance to get a recording contract but there is still one stage to get through first.

“In the meantime, I am keen to keep their feet on the ground so am encouraging them to just take one step at a time.”

Both girls have won the same talent show at South Wootton Junior School in recent years and also performed at this year’s Wootton Picnic in the Park event - one of the biggest Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Norfolk.

The Open Mic UK judges have already praised the sisters’ “great harmonies and arrangement”.

Chris Grayston, from Open Mic UK, added: “We are searching for an act that not only has the live ability to impress an audience and industry judges but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist.

“Acts that have made it are just one step away from performing at the best live music venue in the country.”

To see videos of the sisters performing, click the link on the right-hand side of this page.

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