Youngsters didn’t get ‘nul points’ when they took part in a junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Year 4 pupils from St Michael’s First School in Alnwick got through to the finals of the Song for Europe foreign-language music event at Gala Theatre in Durham.
Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and County Durham were also represented by youngsters singing songs in languages other than English. St Michael’s was ne of only two schools from Northumbeland taking part.
The St Michael’s pupils sang La Yenka in Spanish.
The event, staged ahead of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, was scheduled to mark Europe Day.
Headtacher Gavin Johnston said: “It is a great opportunity to join with other schools from the region to celebrate the rich language diversity of Europe.
“It is the second time we have entered the competition, our children have worked very hard learning a song in Spanish along with energetic dance moves. We are creating memorable experiences for the children singing on a stage in front of 400 other children from 26 schools.”
Schools were asked to award points ranging from one to four for every performance except their own. It was won by a school from Durham.
The competition was organised by Europe Direct North East, an information centre aiming to raise awareness and understanding of all things European for anyone living, working or studying in the region.