A teenage singing sensation is aiming for the stars after making it through to the regional round of the nationwide competition, Open Mic UK.
Savinnah Quelcuti, who is just 15 and a pupil at Meden School, will take to the stage this weekend with her sights set firmly on a spot in the grand final at London’s 02 Arena in January.
But she faces stiff competition as it attracts 10,000 entrants every year and dishes out a total of £50,000 in prize money.
The talented teen has a pedigree for singing success, having previously won The Rotary Club’s Young Musician of the Year in 2012, and Mansfield’s Got Talent this year.
And she got off to a great start in this latest competition when she performed a cover version of Rihanna’s track, ‘Stay’ for her first audition.
But she did admit she was nervous before putting herself in the spotlight.
“It was quite scary,” she said.
“You have to go in with five other people so you’re singing in front of other contestants, but it also lets you see what everyone else is doing.”
Savinnah, currently in Year 11, has undertaken music, drama and art at GCSE and is working her way towards an arts-based career.
Describing herself as a ‘big, big fan of Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran’, she has high hopes for a future in the music industry.
She added: “There’s a £5,000 main prize at Open Mic UK, so it would be quite nice to win that!
“It would be great to be a professional singer, even going into musical theatre or the West End would be amazing.
“Otherwise I’ll look into the media side, still dealing with music but in a different way.
“I’ve been offered an apprenticeship in singing, but I want to get my school work all in first. I’ve still got that open, so that would be great to go into.”
Head of Meden School, Dave Hooker, said: “We are extremely proud of Savinnah’s achievements so far – she is one of many hardworking, enterprising students here at Meden.
“She has real creative flair, and it is fantastic to see that she is pursuing her passion for the arts as well as succeeding academically.
“We wish her all the best in future rounds of the competition.”
Savinnah is now hoping people will show their support for her during the regional round at Dewsbury Town Hall in West yorkshire this Sunday, 1st December.
“You can get tickets, it should be a really good day” she added.
Tickets are £10 and can be bought from www.openmicuk.co.uk