Sunderland teen dreams of moment in the spotlight

Thirteen-year-old Lewis Harley has made it through to the next round of Open Mic UK.
Thirteen-year-old Lewis Harley has made it through to the next round of Open Mic UK.
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TEENAGER Lewis Harley is hoping that a singing competition will open a window of opportunity to the West End stage.

The 13-year-old Monkwearmouth School pupil’s strong vocals have seen him soar through to the next round of the Open Mic UK contest.

Now’s he’s limbering up to give another impressive performance for judges in the hope of making it through to the national competition’s final which takes place at London’s O2 Arena.

While most auditionees in the national hunt for unsigned talent sing chart songs, Lewis opted for This is the Moment from the Jekyll and Hyde musical.

Speaking about his initial audition, Lewis from Fulwell, said: “It was a bit nerve-wracking because you had to wait a while for the results, but the audition went well.

“You sing in front of the judges in groups of six and I was the only one from my group to get through. I’m really looking forward to the next round. After that, it’s the area finals and if you make it through those, you sing at the final in London.

“I would love every moment of singing on the stage at the O2 Arena. It would be such an honour.”

Lewis is part of the Boldon-based Performers stage school and hopes one day to fulfil his dreams of performing in Les Misérables in London’s West End.

He said: “I’ve being doing musical theatre for four years and I think this competition is a great opportunity to get me noticed.”

The next round of Open Mic will take place in front of industry figures at the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, on Saturday.

The annual national competition searches for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres who perform either covers or original material.

Thousands entered the contest across the country for the chance to win the top prize of a recording contract and up to a £30,000 investment in their career.

Chris Grayston, from Open Mic UK, said: “We are searching for an act whose live performance will impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates and who has the potential to become a professional recording artist.

“The standard was high last year and this year looks set to be even better.”

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