Amy turns starmaker

PUBLISHED: 18:10 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 August 2010

AMY Winehouse took the back seat for a change when she sang backing vocals at her goddaughter s debut on the smash-hit show

AMY Winehouse took the back seat for a change when she sang backing vocals at her goddaughter's debut on the smash-hit show Strictly Come Dancing.

Winehouse, whose father Mitch lives in Worcester Park, Greenhithe, stepped aside and let her goddaughter and friend, Dionne Bromfield, take the lead on Saturday night.

Miss Bromfield, 13, a pupil at Beaverwood School for Girls, in Chislehurst, performed her forthcoming single, Mama Said, on the BBC1 show.

Controller of entertainment commissioning for the BBC, Mark Linsey, said: "We were delighted to showcase the television debut of Dionne Bromfield on Strictly Come Dancing.

"Dionne is an exceptional new talent and it was an extra special event for our viewers to see her perform alongside Amy Winehouse, an artist we have been looking to book on the show for some time."

Miss Bromfield is the first signing to Miss Winehouse's new record label, Lioness, which she launched in January, costing her £1 million.

The 25-year-old star has spent the last year working on her third album on the Caribbean island of St Lucia.

The multiple Grammy-winning singer has been battling substance abuse for years but is reported to have quit her dangerous habit.

BBC bosses slapped a booze ban on the troubled singer to ensure her performance went without a hitch.

They had spent months trying to sign her up and she agreed to appear so long as she was allowed to perform with her beloved goddaughter. As well as mentoring her for the past three years, the star even paid for her visit to a vocal coach in the US recently.

Miss Bromfield, who lives in Chislehurst with her mother, is due to release her debut album, Introducing Dionne Bromfield, soon, but a date is not yet known.

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