Former Richards Lodge student through to finals of Open Mic UK competition

Wimbledon Guardian: Ryanne Winning is through to the finals of the Open Mic UK competition Ryanne Winning is through to the finals of the Open Mic UK competition

A budding teen singer has won a place in the final of a national singing competition which saw 10,000 hopefuls whittled down to just ten.

Ryanne Winning, from Wimbledon, will perform as one of just ten finalists in the Open Mic UK competition at the Birmingham NEC on January 18.

The former Ricards Lodge High School pupil, now at Nescot College in Epsom, will compete against singers and rappers from across the UK in the final showcase.

On reaching the finals the 17 year old performing arts student said: "This round was pretty intense, the competition was of a really high standard and only four acts were chosen to go through to the grand final.

"I feel very lucky to have got this far."

"I had 35 supporters with me in the last round so I am hoping they will all be joining me again in January."

The talent competition is run by Future Music who are behind such acts as the X-Factor’s Lucy Spraggan and Jahmene Douglas.

If she wins Ryanne will be following in the footsteps of previous Open Mic UK winner Birdy who had the breakthrough debut single Skinny Love in 2011.

Ryanne began singing at a young age as a member of the choir at Dundonald Primary School and Ricards Lodge High School and has since performed at the Wimbledon Village Fair and at the O2 Young Voices competition.

The winner of the competition will have the chance to be signed, followed by the opportunity to tour across the UK and a £5000 cash prize.




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