Blonde ambition

Carley Stenson
Carley Stenson

A HOST of celebrities have helped a Wigan band win a national competition.

Thanks to the support of Billinge actress Carley Stenson, her Legally Blonde co-stars Lee Mead and Denise Van Outen, and Coleen Rooney, vocal harmony group Fifth Sense walked away with the top prize in this year’s national talent show Britain’s Got Personality.

The girls, made up of Maddie Coleman, 14, of Orrell, Charlotte Wheatcroft, 14, of Swinley, Charlotte Wilson, 17, of Billinge, and Warrington residents Hannah Pitt, 15, and Emma Humphries, 17, are members of Stage Express, which boasts Carley Stenson as one of its former pupils.

The group steamed ahead in the YouTube video votes and have won a year’s talent contract, which includes performing at several big gigs including Gay Pride in Cardiff and Open Mic UK.

Jacqui Podoski, who runs Stage Express, said: “A lot of things are happening for them now and they are going places. I am over the moon. It was a landslide – they have had votes from as far as America and Canada.”

Charlotte Wilson said: “We can’t believe it. We didn’t set our sights on winning, but we had a lot of support from family, friends and Stage Express.

“We had Coleen Rooney retweet our link, and massive support from Carley Stenson, Lee Mead and Denise Van Outen.

“As Carley was a founding pupil of Stage Express, she got in touch and gave us a push with her celebrity friends.

“We are just five girls who love working together and love performing and it is great that people in the celebrity world have taken the time to watch us and vote, which is very humbling.”

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