A student from Nescot will perform at the area finals of the national Open Mic UK singing competition in Portsmouth this Saturday (November 30).
Ryane Winning will sing Ellie Goulding’s I Need Your Love in front of the judges and audience in the hope of being voted through to the national final, being held at the O2 Arena in January.
“I’m excited about the performance but I’m really nervous too,” said Ryane, who is in her second year of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.
“At the last round I was really prepared and practised, but this time I’ve only just chosen my song. There’s going to be a lot of people there, but I just have to use that to my advantage.”
Ryane, who at 17 will be performing in the category for 16 to 20-year-olds, is hoping to win prizes including performing in front of music producers, studio time and music lessons.
Organisers say about 10,000 singers, songwriters and rappers enter the Open Mic UK competition each year, taking part in a series of auditions and regional contests.
Ryane said she has enjoyed singing ever since she can remember, performing in the choir at Dundonald Primary School and Ricards Lodge High School, as well as Wimbledon Village Fair and Young Voices at the O2 Arena.
She said she had never seriously considered a singing career until taking part in Open Mic UK, but is also interested in becoming a teacher.