Great North Idol 2010

Local Solicitor Reaches for the Stars

A talented young solicitor from local law firm Dickinson Dees was crowned winner of The Children’s Foundation’s Great North Idol 2010 competition last week, after beating off tough competition from a cariety of other corporate bands and soloists.

Jonathan Bell, a Commercial Litigation Solicitor from Gateshead, astounded the jam-packed room at the Newcastle Arts Centre last Thursday night when he took to the stage and belted out a show-stopping rendition of Take That’s Rule the World from the film Stardust. In the second half Jonathan secured his place in the live final by performing another song, Love the One You’re With, much to the delight of the audience.

The judging panel, consisting of John Kirby, Real Radio’s Programme Director, Kelly Scott, Real Radio presenter and Lyn Spencer of White Hot Communications, had nothing but praise for the budding star’s performances, predicting that he could make it to the final three of the X Factor if he decided to audition for the next series.

Jonathan said, ‘I am over the moon to have won this years Great North Idol – having rushed straight to the venue after a busy day in the office! It was a great event to be a part of and the judges’ and the audience’s reaction couldn’t have been better.

‘However the most important part of the evening is not who took home the trophy, but the fact that a substantial amount of money was raised for a worthy cause, such as The Children’s Foundation.’

Host of the event, Real Radio Breakfast presenter Lisa Shaw commented, ‘Great North Idol is always great fun and this year the standard was really high. The judging panel we formidable but I think the best act won on the night.’

Libby Nolan, Fundraising Manager added, ‘We were delighted with the response to this years Great North Idol, following on from the success of the first event last year. The competition was even tougher this year and some true stars took to the stage to perform on the night.

‘Jonathan was a very worthy winner though and a big hit with the crowd. He and the other contestants raised the bar further still for next year’s Great North Idol.’

The event raised thousands of pounds for The Children’s Foundation’s new Happy, Healthy, Safe appeal, to help us continue to improve the lives of children across the North East, in key areas such as disability, mental health and child safety.