Meet our JSS 2018 competition winner, Phoebe Maddison!

So, after a manic but fun search around the towns and cities of the UK, we finally found our Junior Star Singer Songwriter competition winner for 2018! After spending the day with us at the JSS final in London in December, Phoebe Maddison was announced best singer and overall winner of the competition.

Just like 2017 best group winners, Billy and Louie Hughes, Phoebe came to our attention after her performance in the regional heats on Swindon FM.

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The Junior Star Singer Songwriter final – the day where everyone was a winner

Following on from our success in the Junior Star Singer competition in 2017, we came down to the studios in London, on the day of the final, to perform the demo of the song we co- wrote for the contestants. It must have been hard for the contestants because we only sang it once. Although they had the opportunity to record the demo on their phones, it still must have been a challenging task practising in the same space as all the others who were also busy trying out the song as well!

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Seeing things from the contestants’ perspective

When you’re running a nationwide contest like Junior Star Singer Songwriter, it can be easy to get so caught up in making sure the shows go smoothly that you forget what it must be like for the contestants as they give their all live on air.

So who better to help us to take a step back and see things from the contestants’ perspective than two of our previous contestants, brothers Billy and Louie Hughes. Billy and Louie were winners of the 2017 Best Group category and have been helping out on this year’s tour, first as special guests and, most recently as part of our interviewing team on our recent show on Radio Dacorum.

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