Performing Arts student Ryane Winning sang in the national final of the Open Mic UK contest in Birmingham on Saturday.
Ryane, 17, didn’t make it into the top five for her age category of 16 to 20, but described the competition as a great experience and said she’d learnt a lot.
She praised the talent of the other competitors and said she had done her best, adding: “Lots of opportunities coming my way already, onwards and upwards.”
Ryane, who is in the second year of her Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma, sang Youth by Daughter at The NEC, with a coach full of her family travelling to the West Midlands to support her.
She chose the song after her uncle suggested it, but in the run up to the competition said she was suffering from a sore throat.
Organisers say more than 10,000 singers, songwriters and rappers enter the Open Mic UK contest each year, with prizes including the opportunity to perform in front of music producers, time in the recording studio, and music coaching.