Singers warm up for a showdown

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SINGING hopefuls from across the region are getting ready to go head-to-head for the chance to win a £30,000 recording and management contract.

Wannabe musicians will take part in the regional final of Open Mic UK tomorrow at Sheffield City Hall.

Open Mic UK is the biggest original music competition in the country and thousands of singers, songwriters and rappers auditioned for the panel earlier this year.

The finalists from all the regional heats will go on to compete in the live national final at London’s O2 Arena in January.

“I’m getting very nervous,” said Sheffield singer Faye Anderson, 23.

“Competitions like this provide an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day and I want to go out there and show what I can do, so I hope my nerve holds.”

Jade Wilkinson, 14, of Whiston in Rotherham, is planning to sing Beyonce’s Listen and says she would love to be the next Christina Aguilera.

“I know it’s a big dream, but I love to sing and the idea of doing it professionally one day is amazing, so I’m going to give it everything.”

Vicki Turner, 15, of Sheffield, blew the judges away with her initial audition, a mash up of Video Killed The Radio Star nd Beyonce’s Radio.

“There were so many people with great voices at my audition, so I’m just really pleased to have made it through,” she said.

“I’ve been working hard and am starting to feel anxious, but really excited too!”

One of Open Mic’s youngest competitors is Pippa Crossland, 10 - who is no stranger to the limelight after playing Annie at City Hall last year. “She’s been working really hard and we’re so proud of her. She can’t wait to get on that stage now,” said her mum Debbie.