Kingston teen star on her way to singing final
7:00am Wednesday 17th October 2012 in News
A talented young Kingston singer has soared into the regional finals of the Open Mic UK Auditions.
Leonne Sullivan, 12, from Kestrel Close, was one of 70 in her 16-and-under category to progress through the final stage of auditions in Camden.
She said: "I am very excited about the next stage. I will most enjoy getting to show people what I can do."
After she won her first talent contest aged 10, on a Haven holiday, Leonne’s parents have been supporting their daughter’s dream of becoming a singer.
Leonne said: "My parents are very helpful. They always take me to auditions."
Her mother, Annette, who encouraged her to enter said: "She started singing when she was two years old. As soon as she knew she had a voice she’s been singing non-stop."
"I’m her mum so I’m a bit biased. I always thought she was amazing, but she was actually one of the people who didn’t have to sing twice, and got straight through."
Leonne wowed the judges with her version of Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts. Her pop idol is Jessie J.
Open Mic UK attracts over 8,000 acts every year.
The regional competition will take place on October 21, a day before Leonne turns 13.
Finalists will perform at the O2 in London.
Mrs Sullivan said: "We’re going to celebrate her birthday by bringing at least 20 people to see her perform and cheer her on."