THE “baby” of this year’s X Factor contest is to share the line-up with pop veterans The Human League at Stonehaven’s annual Hogmanay party.
And 16-year-old Emily Middlemas is to be joined on the bill by rising Scots singing star Carrie Mac.
The two girls are the latest to be signed for Open Air In The Square 2014 which will also feature award-winning folk group The Peatbog Faeries.
Today the organisers of the Market Square show said the programme now offered “something for everyone” and added it promised to be a fabulous follow-up to last year’s sell-out Simple Minds gig.
Schoolgirl Emily was only 15 when she lost out on a spot in Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s Girls category at the Live Shows despite being singled out for praise by Simon Cowell and Tinie Tempah. She had flown to mentor Cheryl’s French Riviera home in Nice for the judges’ houses stage.
After Emily gave a pitch-perfect performance of One Direction’s Story of My Life, as she sang for Cheryl and Tinie, the rapper said: “At this stage, where she is now, it’s more effort than I’ve seen some of the other girls making. I’d say she’s probably my favourite.”
Cheryl said: “I don’t think you’re ready just yet. I’m so sorry. But you are going to be a star, I have no doubt.”
When Emily sang Cher Lloyd’s Want U Back, Simon Cowell told her: “You could be one of the really good ones we found this year.”
Emily, who faked her mum’s signature on application forms to audition for Britain’s Got Talent, has already tasted competition success this year.
Singer and guitarist Emily, a pupil at Woodfarm High in Glasgow, beat 9,000 hopefuls to win TeenStar at Birmingham’s NEC in July, performing her own song Goodnight Kiss. As well as her TeenStar triumph, Emily ran a benefit gig for victims of the Clutha bar Glasgow helicopter crash tragedy.
She said: “Singing is all I’ve ever really wanted to do, since watching my brothers play in a band. I knew I wanted to be up on the stage too.
“I write my songs in the back of the class when everyone else is reading. Don’t tell my English teacher.”
Edinburgh singer-songwriter Carrie Mac has just released her new single “Good Love After Bad” and has had her face on billboards all over the country.
Carrie supported X Factor winner Alexandra Burke on her tour appearing at London’s Hammersmith Appollo and the O2 stadium. She also sang along with Deacon Blue as part of the Soul Nation Choir at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro and performed as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, again with the choir.
The former coffee shop worked has also toured with Diana Vickers and played alongside The Proclaimers and Eliza Dolittle. Carrie’s cover of Erasure’s A Little Respect has had more than 200,000 views on You Tube and Andy Bell loved it.
Today the organisers also thanked the Bank of Scotland Community Fund and the Meikle Carewe wind farm community fund for providing financial backing towards the event.
First Aberdeen is offering coach excursions leaving Aberdeen between 6:30pm and 9:00pm from the city centre on December 31. The bus firm will also run coaches from the south to Stonehaven, one starting at Forfar (7:30pm) and picking up at Brechin (7:45pm) and picking up at Laurencekirk (8pm) and another coach starting at Montrose (8pm) and picking up at Inverbervie (8:20pm) All coaches will all return around 00:45 following the event. Return fares will be charged at £25 per person from Forfar, Brechin and Montrose; £21 per person from Aberdeen and £20 per person from Laurencekirk and Inverbervie. All seats must be pre-booked direct with First Bus.
Thistle Aberdeen Altens is the official hotel partner for the event and is offering gig tickets to any guest booking one of their New Year packages, which includes overnight accommodation, entry to the event and transport to and from Stonehaven.
For more details and online tickets see: www.oaits.org Tickets will also be on sale in Stonehaven on Saturday, November 29, at Number 44 (Royal Hotel) reception from 10am.