JUST two acts battled it out in the third heat of annual All About The Song competition at The Cellars, Eastney last night, with Sarah Corcoran, performing as Bluebird, emerging the victor.
Sarah received a total of three-and-a-half points more than fellow contestant Ash Watson, sending her through to the competition’s finale.
The 29-year-old singer-songwriter from North End came second in last year’s competition.
She said: ‘When you get that close you have to come back and have another crack at it.
‘I was probably more nervous this time, because I thought, if I don’t get through the heats have I gone backwards in the past year?
‘There was more pressure.’
The original four contestants were halved as two were unfortunately forced to withdraw from the heat due to unforeseen circumstances.
This year a wild card will allow the highest-scoring second act from all the heats to compete in the final. As the scores currently stand, this card goes to Sarah’s competitor Ash, with just one more heat left.
The competition is open to all unsigned singer-songwriters and acoustic performers of original material within the PO postcode area.
It is run as part of the Portsmouth Festivities and is backed by The News and Express FM.
When you get that close you have to come back and have another crack at itSarah Corcoran
The overall winner will be offered studio time with a professional engineer/producer to record their song at Air Studios in London.
The final heat takes place at The Cellars on June 22 from 7.30pm, entry is £2.
The grand final for the top six acts will be held at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, Southsea on Sunday, June 28, when entry is £5.