A Performing Arts student from Nescot has made it to the grand final of this year’s Open Mic UK talent competition.
Ryane Winning sung Ellie Goulding’s I Need Your Love in front of judges at the area finals in Portsmouth on Saturday, and was one of the four acts from her 16 to 20-year-olds category chosen to go through.
Ryane, 17, will now perform at The NEC in Birmingham on January 18, along with finalists from the under 16s and 21 and over categories.
“I still can’t believe I’ve made it to the finals, I’m buzzing,” said Ryane, who is in her second year of a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts.
“My performance didn’t go very well, my nerves got the better of me and I didn’t control my voice very well. I know I could have done better, so to get through is amazing.”
Ryane is now in talks to appear on a Christmas single in memory of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, and was approached by Uckfield FM after her performance.
She is now set to feature in a two-hour slot on the radio station on Thursday night, where she will perform four songs, be interviewed and take part in a live webchat.
Ryane is also opening the Performing Arts Monologue Slam event on December 11, and singing at Nescot’s Further Education Awards along with other members of her class the following night.
“There’s a lot happening at once, which is really exciting and I feel very lucky,” said Ryane, who lives in Wimbledon.
“I’m just taking everything in my stride and step by step, and I’m really looking forward to the show at Birmingham. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a great experience and I’m proud to have got this far.”
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.
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.
The final in Birmingham will feature four people from Ryane’s category and three acts from each of the other two categories.
Prizes include the opportunity to perform in front of music producers, time in the recording studio, and music coaching.