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Edition No. 114

Date:- 30 August 2003

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Search for a star 2003. Heat 5
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TAKING to the stage in the last heat for 2003 were Nina Fossard, Heaven Sent, Gemma Docherty, Chris Hodder, James Holman, Jeanette Jarrel, Pauline Lawrenson, Phil Niddrie, Ben Carlos Parkinson, Katy and Amanda. All of the competitors were in fantastic form and again the judges had a very hard time selecting the winners.
Heaven Sent, a five-piece girl band from the Middleton in Rochdale area of East Lancashire, sadly did not go through, but are a group to watch out for next year. 
Nina Fossard also did not go through, but she will be performing in Herbeny later this year in Liverpool. She is also on to watch out for next year. Interestingly opening the night as a rising star was her brother Greg, who preformed brilliantly. I would like to say well done to all the competitors and say I would mention you all, as I think you will all go far and I really hope to see you back next year! 
Now to the heat 5 winners, at the tender age of 18 Katy from Up Holland and Amanda from St. Helens have both have known each other from since primary school, but joined forces for the first time for this competition. This duo proves successful and are on they way through to what will be a stunning showdown, in the north west finals to be held at the Southport Theatre on the 20 September. Also going through will be Gemma Docherty from Essex. She is a 2nd year performing arts student at Salford University and has been performing since the age of 9. She has appeared in numerous shows and musicals as well as in Young Performers 2000, 2001 and 2002 in London. She reached 3rd place in Blackpool's Search For a Star last year and now in the real Search For A Star, North West Finals, she is through to the finals coming second place in the heat. Coming third on the night was 16-year-old James Holman, from Stockport in Cheshire. Sadly he will not be going through to the finals, but he put on a fantastic show. James started his stage career at the tender age of three, and is now waiting his appearance date on Stars In Their Eyes this year. Good Luck James on Stars In Their Eyes. 
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