Open Mic UK 2011 is the exciting national talent competition which searches for the UKs best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

One contestant who has evidently caught the judge’s eye is local talent Bethany McDonald, aged 15, and she will now be competing for a place in the National Final at The O2 in London and the chance to grab a breakthrough recording contract. Thousands of hopefuls entered nationwide and hundreds of auditionees queued patiently on the day for their turn to impress the judges. Bethany, who attends StagePro Academy, made it through the audition stage and will now take part in a live head to head battle at the NEC in Birmingham on October 29th. She will be performing in front of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel to win a place at the National Grand Final.

Bethany will be competing in the under 16 category and with over £50, 000 in prizes up for grabs, she is very excited, as she explains. “When I arrived at the auditions and saw the number of people waiting in the queue I knew the competition was going to be tough, so when I got called I just took a deep breath and gave it my best. When they told me I had got through I was so excited. I am really looking forward to the live showcase, especially as the overall winner of Open Mic UK 2011 will be offered a recording contract, and also have the opportunity to tour across the UK”.

The winners will not only get to perform on stage at The 02 at Live Fest, London’s largest indoor festival, but they will be thrust into the media spotlight through television, radio and print media and will be invited on the Open Mic UK Tour, which boasts 100 gigs across the country. Last year’s under 16’s winner, Hatty Keane, has been signed to BGM Music and has recently performed live sets alongside Tinchy Stryder and Roll Deep. Previous winner Birdy has recently been a favourite on Radio 1 having signed to Warner Music and is set for a huge career at just 15 years of age.

We all wish Bethany the very best of luck at the showcase regional final.

For more information go to the website www.openmicuk.co.uk or better still why not go along and support Bethany. You can purchase tickets from the website or from StagePro Academy on 01925 428432