Teenager on song for Open Mic contest

Amelia Dennis has reached the next stage of the Open Mic talent contest.
Amelia Dennis has reached the next stage of the Open Mic talent contest.
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AN Ashbrooke teenager is singing her way towards a recording contract in a national competition.

Amelia Dennis hopes to steal the limelight next week when she competes against more than 20 other hopefuls in the Open Mic area final.

Four singers made it through the regional final last month at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, where Amelia belted out a rendition of Norah Jones’s I Don’t Know Why.

An Activate drama school member from a young age, Amelia has been singing before she could walk.

Keen to showcase her talents, she does not conform to just one style of music.

From ballads to blues to contemporary songs, Amelia likes to set herself a challenge.

Support and encouragement from parents Lorraine and Daniel has boosted Amelia’s confidence to perform to crowds.

She listens to a range of music. “It’s quite different to what I sing,” she told the Echo. “I like chart and dance music.”

Excited by the recent news of Rihanna announcing a gig at the Stadium of Light, Amelia says she will definitely be getting tickets to see the pop queen next summer.

“I would love to become signed and have a music career,” she says. “But I want to have an education too.”

The St Anthony’s student is currently studying her A-levels and hopes to go on to study at university.

The Open Mic area final takes place Saturday, November 24, at Dewsbury Town Hall in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.

The grand final is held in London at the O2 Arena in January.

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