Charlotte needs your vote for finals placeBy David Millward
October 13, 2010
A multi-talented schoolgirl is hoping she can take one step closer to a record deal and £30,000 prize money after she performed in the finals of a talent contest on Sunday.
Charlotte Lyles, 15, made it through to the regional finals of the Open Mic UK 2010 at The Beck Theatre, in Hayes, Middlesex.
She signed up five friends to support her with a dance routine when she performed Turn My Sway On by Keri Hilson.
Unfortunately, she did not make it through at the event but could still realise her dream by winning the wildcard place if enough people text in and vote for her.
Mum Trish Hare said: “She did a really, really good performance and we are really proud of her and her dancers were amazing.
“She has got one more chance to get in as a wildcard. People need to text ‘wildcard417’ to 84222 to vote for her.”
The Year 11 Theale Green Community School pupil is preparing to take GCSEs in PE, drama, dance and French, as well as the core subjects.
She already has an ‘A’ pass GCSE in Spanish and plays the piano and the guitar.
But Charlotte found the time to rehearse with her pals for the big event last Sunday and she is not giving up hope.
She said: “I’m really excited about it. Ever since I was six I always wanted to be a singer.”
Charlotte, pictured, from Worcester Close, Southcote, won over the judges with her version of The Saturday’s Ego in the auditions back in August. If she wins the wildcard vote she will need to get through the area finals before competing in the national finals at the O2 arena in January.
Charlotte said: “If we win I get £30,000, a recording deal and a management service. If I don’t get through I will be gutted but I will be happy I got as far as I have.”
Two more talented schoolgirls will also be singing their hearts out for the chance to perform at the O2 arena in London.
Both budding stars made it through the Open Mic UK auditions to compete in the regional finals.
Stephanie Hershaw, 14, from Upper Basildon, will be competing in the Under 18s regional final in Princes Hall, in Aldershot, this Sunday.
Waingels College sixth form student Rhianna Holt, 16, from Woodley, will perform at The Corn Exchange, in Bedford, on Sunday, October 31.
Candidates who make it through the regional heats will go on to perform in the national finals at the O2 in January with a chance of winning a recording contract with up to £30,000 investment.