A Performing Arts student is preparing to perform in the grand final of the Open Mic competition in Birmingham tomorrow (Saturday).
Ryane Winning, who is 17 and in her second year of the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma, will sing Youth by Daughter in front of judges and a packed NEC Arena audience.
She chose her song following a suggestion from her uncle, and described the lyrics as ‘beautiful’.
“I love the song but I’ve rearranged it a bit and I’m really looking forward to performing it,” she added.
“The song means so much to my family, so it’s going to be really emotional, particularly because my family will all be there supporting me.”
Ryane said she's had a sore throat this week, but has been resting her voice.
"I haven’t been able to practice as much as I’d like," she added. "It’s really bad timing, but I’ve worked really hard to prepare, so now I'm just focussing on doing my best on the day."
Ryane is competing in the 16 to 20-year-old category, alongside finalists from the under-16s and over-21 categories, with prizes including the opportunity to perform in front of music producers, time in the recording studio, and music coaching.
Organisers say 10,000 singers, songwriters and rappers enter the Open Mic UK contest each year.
The judges will choose the top three acts from each category, and the category winners will then go head-to-head in a public vote to decide the overall winner.
Performing Arts subject Leader Gavin Maxwell said the whole department was cheering Ryane on.
He added: “We know she’s going to be amazing in the finals this weekend, but we’re already so proud of what she’s achieved so far.”
To vote for Ryane, text Open 59 to 86222. Texts cost £1.