Jasmine prepares to sing to crowds at Open Mic UK

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A YOUNG singer from Avon Valley School has been given the thumbs-up by judges at the Open Mic UK auditions.

Along with other impressive acts, Jasmine Ward, 15, from Brinklow has made it through to the regional finals of the 2011 Open Mic UK and will now be performing at the live showcases at the NEC in Birmingham on Saturday.

Open Mic UK 2011 is a national talent competition which searches for the best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres in the UK who perform either covers or original material.

Thousands of hopefuls entered from across the country and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Those who made it through the audition stage, including Jasmine, will now take part in a live regional head-to-head battle alongside the best talent in their area. They’ll be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the national final at the O2 in London.

The latter stages of the competition will also provide acts with the opportunity to impress many guests from record labels, agencies and the entertainment industry as well as judges from BBC Introducing, national radio and regional press.

There’s more than £50,000 in prizes up for grabs this year and the overall winner of Open Mic UK 2011 will be offered a recording contract, with up to £30,000 investment. They’ll also have the opportunity to tour across the UK.

Chris Grayston, head of organisers Future Music, said: “We are searching for an act whose live performance will impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, and who has the potential to become a professional recording artist. The standard was high last year and this year looks set to be even better.”

For more information or to buy tickets for the live shows and see Jasmine perform visit www.openmicuk.co.uk. Tickets may also be available to buy on the door subject to availability.