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Young Dagenham performer reaches finals of Teenstar competition

PUBLISHED: 13:04 29 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:19 30 May 2014

Bonita Belles left to right: Terrina Drayton, Jessica Folley,Charlee Borthwick and Kirsty Young

Bonita Belles left to right: Terrina Drayton, Jessica Folley,Charlee Borthwick and Kirsty Young

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Having battled her way to the final of a national singing competition the grand cash prize is within reach for a Dagenham schoolgirl.

Charlee's brother, Jamie Borthwick, arriving for the 2014 British Soap Awards at The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London Charlee's brother, Jamie Borthwick, arriving for the 2014 British Soap Awards at The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London

Charlee Borthwick, 11, from Dagenham, has beaten thousands of other hopefuls to the last round of Teenstar.

Singing and dancing with her band, the Bonita Belles, Charlee’s in with a chance of winning £5000.

After impressing the TeenStar judging panel with their mash up of Price Tag by Jessie J and Read All About It by Professor Green, the group has secured itself a slot in the Birmingham finals on July 19.

Charlee, who is at Beam County Primary School in Dagenham, said she was “excited to have got so far”.

She added: “The standard was so high and everyone was so amazing at the area competition, so I was proud we pulled it off.

“If we won, the money would really help us – we’d spend it on trying to progress our band, buying microphones and mirrors and renting out recording studios.

“Recently we’ve been really busy doing Dagenham, Rainham and Basildon’s Got Talent. We’re rehearsing constantly.”

Charlee was seven-years-old when she started performing and goes to dance classes at Kerry Jane Dance Academy in East Ham twice a week.

A thirst for showbiz runs in the family as Charlee’s brother Jamie plays Jay Mitchell in Eastenders.

Charlee said she feels “inspired” by her brother’s success adding: “I’d love to earn money doing something I love so much, like him.”

She said: “As well as my singing and dancing I’d love to be an actress but I’d want to be famous with a band and sing pop music.”

TeenStar is a national talent competition for teens and pre-teens which travels the UK in search of the best budding singers, singer-songwriters and rappers. It is divided into age categories.

The winner will also be given a publicity package to help them kickstart their musical career.

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