Bolney schoolgirl Daisy sings in Open Mic heat

Daisy Upton, 10, from Bolney
Daisy Upton, 10, from Bolney

Daisy Upton from Bolney wowed the crowd and judging panel at the Open Mic UK regional showcase and is now one step away from performing at London’s O2.

The 10-year-old, who is a pupil at Bolney CEP school, will be appearing in the Open Mic area finals at Hove Town Hall on Saturday (October 27).

Daisy Upton, 10, from Bolney

Daisy Upton, 10, from Bolney

Daisy, who also attends a local Vocademy singing group held at Sound Central Studios in Ricebridge once a week, entered the Open Mic contest along with thousands of unsigned singers and bands from across the country.

She performed in the regional heat in front of a live audience and professional judging panel in September at Hove Town and is now hoping to reach the national final at The O2 on January 19 next year.

A spokesperson for Open Mic UK said: “We are searching for an act that not only has the live ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist.

“Acts that have made it are just one step away from performing at the best live music venue in the country.”

The competition is divided into age categories; 16 and Under, 17 to 22 and 23 and Over; all types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter Open Mic UK. 

Previous winner Birdy still at only 16 years of age has recently been a favourite on Radio 1 after signing with Warner Music with two hits singles already to date including her version of the Bon Iver classic “Skinny Love.” Last year’s under 18’s winner, Hatty Keane, has also had huge success after being signed to BGM Music.

Since then Hatty has performed live sets alongside Ed Sheeran, Tinchy Stryder, Angel, Pitbull and Zane Lowe, and is currently working on new material. Hatty’s latest video Best Kept Secret has received over 200,000 views on YouTube already.

There’s over £50,000 in prizes up for grabs this year and the winner will be given the opportunity to tour across the UK.

Studio time and development opportunities have also been given as prizes throughout Open Mic UK 2012 and that will continue in the area finals.

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