SINGER Totie Southwell has reached the national final of the Open Mic UK competition
SINGER Totie Southwell has reached the national final of the Open Mic UK competition.
She was one of seven acts selected at the regional final on Sunday after performing her own song, Cover Me, in front of an audience for the first time.
Miss Southwell, 22, from Aston, played the piano as she took part in the over-21s section of the contest, held at the Beck Theatre in Hayes.
She said: ?There were 27 acts and I had to wait right until the end. I just sat there getting really nervous.
?Getting through is really exciting. It?s nice to see that my music is appreciated, not just by my friends and family but industry judges.?
Miss Southwell, who recently started taking singing lessons, said she was enjoying being part of the competition, which has a first prize of £5,000 to help the winner develop their career. She said: ?It?s a new experience but it is good for confidence, good practice and great exposure.
?You don?t know what the judges are looking for because there are so many different types of acts but I?ve learnt a lot.?
She hasn?t yet decided what she will perform at the final, which will take place at the Birmingham NEC on January 18.
Her friends and family plan to travel there together by coach and to make customised T-shirts and banners.
Miss Southwell said: ?It?ll be nice to have a lot of support there because it is all quite intimidating and daunting.?