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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A young singer-songwriter from Norwich is crossing her fingers for a shot at stardom this weekend.
Emma Venier, 16, will win the chance to perform at the O2 Arena in London if she progresses from Sunday’s area age-group final of national talent competition OpenMic UK.
To support her in her bid, she has organised a coach-load of friends and family to travel to Hayes in Middlesex, where a combined audience and judges vote will decide who progresses to the national final.
The Norwich High School for Girls pupil sang a medley of her own song and Outkast’s Hey Ya at the previous audition stage, from which she progressed following a wild card vote.
Emma, who plans to perform another medley including a self-penned song, said: “I’m excited about this weekend, but a bit nervous too. I think it’s only natural: it’ll be in front of a full theatre and I’ve not really done anything like that before.”
If Emma, of Lime Kiln Mews, north Norwich, gets through she will contest the national final on January 19, when up to £50,000 worth of prizes are on offer, along with the chance to tour the UK.
Past winners include Birdy, who has since gone on to chart success.
To find out more go to www.openmic.co.uk
To hear Emma sing, visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk.