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Dionne to debut with Godmother Amy Winehouse

Dionne Bromfield, who is 13 years old, is the first signing to the Back to Black star's new record label, Lioness. The pair will perform Bromfield's first single Mama Said, originally a hit for The Shirelles in 1961. Bromfield said: "Amy and I both love Strictly... so it was brilliant to find out I'll be on TV for the first time singing on one of my favourite shows."

Winehouse has been closely involved with the teenager's album of soul classics, including Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Tell Him and My Boy Lollipop. She also sings backing vocals on the album version of Mama Said. "I've known Amy for ever," Bromfield said. "I'm very close to Amy. She's like my sister." Winehouse, meanwhile is convinced her goddaughter can have a successful career. "The first time I heard Dionne sing, I couldn't believe what I was hearing - such an amazing voice from such a young girl. "She's so much better than I was at her age."

After struggles with drink and drug problems, Winehouse has performed live in the UK only once in the past 12 months. In August, she made an unannounced appearance with ska legends The Specials at the V Festival in Essex. She has spent much of the last year living in St Lucia working on the follow up to her multi-award-winning album 'Back to Black'.