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Search for a Star

Six BBC Radio Leeds listeners have made it through to the next stage of our competition to present a two-hour radio show on Christmas day.

Six BBC Radio Leeds listeners have been chosen to go through to the next stage of our Search for a Star competition. 

The prize is to present a two-hour radio show on Christmas day.

Sixteen listeners were shortlisted and invited to our BBC Radio Leeds studios to record a "Minute to Win it". They had to tell us a bit about themselves and why they should be given the chance to present their own show.

Their performances were judged by three BBC Radio Leeds presenters - Andrew Edwards, Julie Langford and Russell Walker.

They chose three people to go through to the next stage:

Ned Chapman, Tricia Sheard and Michael Bunting.

But BBC managing editor Phil Roberts decided to throw three more 'wild card' entrants into the mix:

Nadine Hill, Heather Horry and Billy Walker.

  • Ned works for an advertising agency in the week and helps out behind the bar at the weekends. He says he's often told he has a "soothing, deep voice".
  • Tricia is a deputy headteacher at a large comprehensive school and mum to two girls, aged 17 and 20. She's used to dealing with a classroom full of schoolchildren so reckons she has "enough confidence to face the crowds and relish a challenge".
  • Michael works as a lecturer and runs a sports injury clinic. He used to be a police officer, says he has "a Yorkshire accent and a subtle sense of humour".
  • Nadine is a businesswoman who tries to be a "yummy mummy", juggling work, family and home life. Her daughter was born on Christmas Eve so Christmas is a special time of year for her.
  • Heather enjoys performing in a concert party and once appeared in the Michael Barrymore show. She reckons she "can talk to strangers as easily as friends".
  • Billy likes writing creative poetry and auditioned for Search for a Star in rhyme! He's a Liverpudlian who now lives in West Yorkshire and says winning the competition would be "my dream come true".

All six finalists will now face the public vote to decide who will get their own Christmas Day radio show. You can vote here on this page or by texting the name of your favourite to BBC Radio Leeds on 07786 202924.

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