A teenager from Bracknell makes it into the regional final of a national singing competition
Published: 27 Mar 2014 17:300 comments
Abi Powell, 16, from Warfield, smashed her audition to secure her place in the regional final of TeenStar.
The competition, which boasts X-Factor finalist Luke Friend as a previous winner, is exclusively for young people aged up to 19.
Abi, a singer songwriter, is hoping to be crowned the overall winner, which comes with a £5,000 prize to spend on developing their act.
She will take to the stage on Sunday, April 6, at Sub89 in Reading, after wowing judges there with her first performance in February, a rendition of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley.
Abi said: “I’ve been practising loads, I’ve been doing gigs around Bracknell for the past year, so I’ve got a bit of experience and confidence. I auditioned on a stage in front of four judges, and they put me through!
“I’ve been performing and asking people their opinion and what they think is best in the run-up to April.
“I’ve narrowed down my choice to three songs, ‘Misery’ by Maroon 5, ‘Mama Do’ by Pixie Lott, and ‘Let Me Entertain You’ by Robbie Williams.”
Abi, a pupil at Garth Hill College, who plays the acoustic guitar, said her main influences were pop and indie. She added her friends and family were behind her, and would be out in force supporting her on the night.
When asked what she would do with the prize money, she said ‘university tuition fees’ were her priority.
Chris Grayston, events co-ordinator for TeenStar, said: “We are looking to find an act that has something unique to offer, someone that can go all the way, with both the ability to deliver a strong live performance but also potential to become a professional recording artist.”
There are three categories, pre-teen for under 12s, mid-teens for 13-15, and late teens for those aged 16-19.
For more information visit www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk