A SCHOOLGIRL with a soulful voice has won a place in the regional finals of a singing competition which has a recording contract as its overall prize.
Mollie Scott, 13, of Old Copse Road, Havant, is ‘nervous and excited’ about performing at a live showcase later this month for a place in the Open Mic UK 2011 national finals.
She has already beaten competition from thousands of hopefuls to make it through to the south-east region’s top crooners. The Warblington School pupil hopes her rendition of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good will impress judges at Highlights Comedy Club in Gunwharf Quays on October 23 and take her to the next stage.
Mollie said: ‘It feels amazing to be through to the regional finals. I’m really nervous but at the same time I’m really looking forward to performing to an audience.
‘I’ve got the recording of Feeling Good on me all the time and I’m listening to it constantly so I know it inside out.
‘I’ve gone with a soulful track because I wanted to choose something a bit different that I think suits my voice. ‘To win this competition would mean everything to me.
‘I’d love to make it as a professional singer – I can’t think of a better career.’
The Open Mic competition is divided into three age categories. Mollie will be competing in the 16-and-under bracket.
Last year’s winner Hatty Keane in this category went on to perform alongside Tinchy Stryder and Roll Deep and a previous winner, Birdy, is a favourite on Radio One and has signed to Warner Music.
Tickets to the regional finals at Highlights cost £8 and can be bought on the door or from openmicuk.co.uk.
To see Mollie sing visit youtu.be/FgN3Ns_V8Dw.