Young people are being invited to show off their skills in a new Durham’s Got Talent competition.
The event is being organised by Durham County Council in an aim to find talented young people aged between 11 and 19.
The contest is being modelled on the popular television show Britain’s Got Talent, although performers will be judged on video recordings.
The youngsters are being asked to record themselves performing their talent for three minutes and then send them to the council’s panel of judges.
A spokesperson for the council said: “We don’t want to discourage anybody from entering Durham’s Got Talent.
“Your talent could be anything from singing or dancing to comedy or sport. If you can show off your talent in an act, then we want you to apply.”
Filming teams from the council will also be visiting schools in the area to record any young performers who need help making their video.
The closing date for videos to be sent in is the end of May. Judges will then watch all the entries before making a final shortlist of 20 semi-finalists.
The competition will then be passed over to the public vote, with the videos and voting taking place online. Voting will last for three weeks and will close at the end of June.
The final 10 acts will then perform at a live Durham’s Got Talent final in The Gala Theatre in July. Organisers have promised the appearance of a celebrity judge for the event.
The panel of judges will pick a winner, who will be given a £250 token to spend on their activity.