months of auditions and performing live, two talented local
singers have made it through to the Grand Final of the Citybeat
Young Star Search competition.
McAteer (9) from Dromore and Fionnuala Mohan (9) from Dunmurry
will compete this weekend in the competition after being
selected by judges at the Victoria Square semi-final in Belfast
The girls won their heats in Lisburn earlier
this year at the Mayor's Carnival Parade in May and at Bow
Street Mall in June. Chantelle and Fionnuala will now compete
against other young singers for the chance to become this year's
An excited Chantelle said: "Everyone is so
excited. The school put a congratulations poster up for me, and
another good luck one for the final. My mum and dad, nanny and
granda think it's great, they are all very proud of me."
Fionnuala is equally as excited. She said: "I
won the Lisburn heat at Bow Street Mall a few weeks ago and
since then I can hardly sleep. I just love to sing and this is
the biggest thing I have ever done in my life - I can't wait to
get up on stage."
The winners of the junior and senior
categories will collect a selection of brilliant prizes
including a summer shopping spree, easyJet flights, and the
opportunity to record their very own CD single professionally
produced in a state of the art recording studio.
The public can find out how to vote for the
girls and see their videos by logging on to