Potters Bar girl wins Search for a Star

PUBLISHED: 10:15 28 July 2012

Winner Georgina Donatantonio and 02 centre manager Jason King

Winner Georgina Donatantonio and 02 centre manager Jason King


ERIC Clapton, Simon & Garfunkel, James Morrison and Tracy Chapman are just a few of the stars who made their careers after busking on the streets - could we be adding Georgina Donatantonio from Potters Bar to that list some time in the future?

As the 17-year-old singer/songwriter recently took first prize at The Search for a Star competition, run by Finchley Road’s O2 Centre in collaboration with our sister paper, the Ham&High.

The contest, held over two weekends on July 7 and 14, gave a selection of chosen artists a 30- minute busking slot to impress shoppers with their performance.

The act who took the most money, which was being donated to the MS Society, won.

And that was Manor Way resident Georgina.

She wowed the crowds with her tracks including Broken Lover, a song she wrote with Whetstone-based songwriter and keyboard player John Pepe, and When Is Love Not Enough To Survive?, as well as five acoustic covers from artists Rihanna, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.

Georgina, who has just passed her A Levels at St Martha’s and is going on to Hull University, told the Potters Bar Edition she was “delighted to win”.

“It was certainly a confidence booster,” said the youngster.

“To actually see people stop in the middle of the shopping centre to listen to songs that you’ve made, rather than just covers, was really good.”

In terms of songwriting, Georgina says Axl Rose, of Guns N’ Roses, is a massive influence, while she personally enjoys performing pop, but has also been taking on classical numbers at weddings.

Her prize in winning the Camden competition, organised by Pegasus PR, is a day in a recording studio.

Something Georgina, who is also a member of the band Jegisus, is “really looking forward to”.

“I’m really excited, it should be great,” she said.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been to a recording studio though; when I was young I was a part of the Capital Arts Children’s Choir and we recorded at Abbey Road, which was very special.”

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