SINGER and the Song winner Ed Gibson takes to the airwaves today.
As part of his prize, the 18-year-old, who won The News competition, recorded a session on Wave 105 that will be broadcast tonight.
Having won the competition, Ed has already spent time in a recording studio, had a professional photoshoot and will be playing at The News Guide Awards in January next year.
Speaking after his first stint in a radio studio, where he played the recently-written Simple Pleasures, Ed said: ‘It was fun. I have never been on the radio or anything before. It was quite nerve-wracking.
‘I’m trying to do gigs and stuff now. I have got an electronic side of things as well. I have just had a dubstep release come out on Halloween and I want to make something of it.
‘Music is the only thing I’m good at.’
Ed heard about the competition only two days before the deadline for entries.
‘I knew nothing about it until just before the closure,’ he added. ‘I put a song on YouTube. I thought I had nothing to lose.’
On the radio performance, his dad Andrew said ‘It’s good to see him do this. I don’t think he knows how good he could be.’
Ed was interviewed by presenter Andy Jackson alongside the runner-up in the competition, 18-year-old Ellie Jones, from Southsea.
She said: ‘I found the competition exciting because I did not expect anything to come of it – I did not expect to be runner-up. I did not expect I would be in a recording studio a year ago.
‘I absolutely love music, it’s my favourite thing.’
The competition was held earlier this year in conjunction with Portsmouth Festivities.
Samantha Worsey, general manager of the festivities, said: ‘The competition is an opportunity for us to reach out to new artists, to promote them and hopefully start them on their way to achieve brilliant things in the future.
‘The quality of the competition was astounding. There is a lot of talent in the region but I did not think anything could have prepared us for the quality of the young people who came through. I was blown away with the quality.’
Andy Shier, programme director for Wave 105, who was on the judging panel, added: ‘It’s great to recognise good local talent and these two showed great potential.’
The pair’s interview will be broadcast on Wave 105.2 FM tonight at around 9.30pm.