Teenager Eloise takes the title in All About the Song competition

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TEENAGER Eloise Keating has been crowned the champion of the All About the Song competition.

The 18-year-old took the title after impressing the judges in the News-backed songwriting contest in front of a packed Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea last night.

All About the Song winner Eloise Keating. Picture: Mick Young

All About the Song winner Eloise Keating. Picture: Mick Young

Seven finalists were drawn from the winners of the six heats held over the past three weeks at The Cellars in Eastney, plus a wildcard entry.

Eloise’s prize is a package designed to help enhance her career.

As well as a trophy, presented by Portsmouth Festivities manager Samantha Worsey, she received £100 cash and will have a day in the studio with producer Tobin Prinz from the acclaimed DFA Records and Universal Music.

She will also get a professional photo session, a live session on Express FM, as well as the chance to perform at Kings Theatre’s Children in Need Gala, The News We Can Do It Awards and The Guide awards

Eloise, from Horndean, who also made it to the final last year, said: ‘I absolutely didn’t expect that – it’s amazing.

‘I feel like I’ve got a lot more of my own voice and style compared to last year.

‘I know more what kind of artist I want to be now.’

Tobin had 50 per cent of last night’s vote on the judging panel, the other half was made up of Geoff Priestley from the Wedge, Steve Pitt from The Cellars, Adrian Collis from Express FM, Samantha from the festivities, and The News’ representative.

Tobin said: ‘There was a high level of talent, they were all varied and original.

‘I enjoyed Eloise’s songwriting. There’s something poignant and idiosyncratic about it.’

Second place went to Sarah Corcoran, 28, from North End, Portsmouth, who performs as Bluebird.

And joint third was given to Sophie Darling, 18 from Eastney, and Evans and New, which comprises of Jack Evans, 25, from Gosport, and Jack New, 25, from Gosport.

All the finalists, including Billy Gregory, 20, from Bafiins in Portsmouth. Dani Uziel, 16, of Fratton, in Portsmouth and Paul Jones, 34, from Hayling Island, were given goodie bags by Nevada Music, which sponsored the competition.