A WOOLER songbird has booked her place in the regional final of a national music competition despite suffering from stage-fright.
Louise Devlin has made it through to the next stage of Open Mic UK 2011 after impressing the judges at the auditions earlier this month.
The 20-year-old former nanny, who is training to become a carer, will now perform in a live showcase at the Journal Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, on Saturday, October 22, for a place in the national final at The O2 in London and the chance to grab a breakthrough recording contract.
Louise, who lives at Haugh Head, said that she was delighted to make it this far.
And she has almost overcome her stage-fright with the support of her friends and family.
“I still get really nervous but try and put that to one side,” she said. “I have been getting up on the stage at the local club and done karoke which has really helped.”
At her audition, her nerves almost got the better of her when she sang Adele’s Someone Like You, but was asked to come back and try again.
A more-composed Louise then wowed the judges with her rendition of Ave Maria.
Open Mic UK 2011 is a national competition which searches for the UKs best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.
Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and Louise and the others who made it through will now take part in a live regional head-to-head battle where she will perform in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel.
Louise, who has five pet sheep, said: “I am a bit nervous but I’m sure it will be fine. Everyone has been really supportive.”
There’s over £50,000 in prizes up for grabs this year and the overall winner will be offered a recording contract, with up to £30,000 investment, as well as the opportunity to tour across the UK.
Tickets for the regional contest are available from Louise directly via her Facebook page, from www.openmicuk.co.uk or on the door on the night subject to availability.