Montrose woman’s bid for singing stardom

MONTROSE woman Jenna White (26) is the only Scottish contestant to make it through the first round of a worldwide singing competition.

Around 6000 entries were submitted via the website earlier this year and local woman Jenna is one of only 182 that were picked to go through to the next stage of the Avon Voices competition.

Avon Voices is looking for two exceptional female singers to record a professional album.

Up to 10 finalists will join a selection of Avon Voices celebrities to perform and record the Avon Voices Anthem.

The anthem will be available to buy and a percentage of all proceeds will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Women for its campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Jenna, who is originally from St Andrews but now lives in Montrose, is urging the people of Angus to help her achieve her dream by voting for her online.

She said: “The global singing competition was launched on their website in December last year and 6000 people entered with a 30-second video of their singing.

“Only 182 girls were picked to proceed to the first round.

“The competition is open to 60 countries all over the world and I am the only Scottish person who has been chosen to go forward in the competition, which could lead to a recording contract and the chance to sing in New York at the Avon Voices campaign gala.”

She continued: “I recently flew to Paris, all care of Avon, and recorded two more songs and videos with the Avon team for the next round.

“It is now down to public vote to decide who gets through to further rounds.

“Voting takes place on the Avon website from April 22, when the new videos will be posted.

“The contest is being partly judged by a panel of judges which includes Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, Delta Goodrem and other songwriters and producers from all over America.

“As I am the only Scottish girl in the contest now, I am trying to generate as much awareness and Scottish votes as I can.

“This competition marks the 125th anniversary for Avon, who not only sells cosmetics but has been supporting campaigns for years, all in aid of empowering women all over the world.

“The campaign they are supporting with the singing contest is to end violence against women and girls - a campaign I feel really strongly about.”

Avon Western Europe and Middle East group vice-president Anna Segatti said: “In celebration of Avon’s 125th anniversary in 2011, we are inviting people from around the world to come together and showcase their talents.

“We are thrilled to have music industry legends on board to join us in the hunt for the UK’s next big star.”

You can register to vote for contestants at