Iona hopes to wow judges in contest bid for singing star­dom

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

A SINGING sen­sa­tion from Poyn­ton is through to the re­gional fi­nals of a na­tional tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion.

Iona Paul Rodger, 14, is aim­ing to win Open Mic UK, a search for the next big thing.

The Poyn­ton High School pupil will com­pete in a re­gional head-to­head bat­tle in front of a live au­di­ence and pro­fes­sional judg­ing panel at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, Manch­ester, on Oc­to­ber 5.

The win­ner will go to the fi­nal at London’s O2 Arena, where the over­all win­ner will re­ceive £5,000, singing lessons, mu­sic in­dus­try feed­back, footage of their live show per­for­mances and time in a record­ing stu­dio.

Iona is no stranger to the stage hav­ing per­formed reg­u­larly since she was four years old.

She is a mem­ber of Poyn­ton Ju­nior singers and Dance at the Smithy in Stock­port.

She has also rubbed shoul­ders with stars like Steven Grace, Lay­ton Wil­liams and Dun­can James.

Her mum Deb­o­rah said: “Iona has a won­der­ful voice. Singing is what she loves to do.

“She is look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion again.”

Re­cently Iona joined NK The­atre Arts in Romi­ley and was given the lead role of Dorothy in Wiz, which was per­formed at the Romi­ley The­atre. She has also sung at lo­cal fes­ti­vals.

Open Mic UK is a search for un­signed singers, singer­song­writ­ers, rap­pers and vo­cal­ists of all gen­res per­form­ing ei­ther cov­ers or their own orig­i­nal ma­te­rial.

The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into un­der 16, 16-20, and 21 and over age cat­e­gories bid­ding to win the big prize.

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