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Young singer wows open mic judges

PUBLISHED: 17:52 15 September 2010

Sophie Wythe

Sophie Wythe

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A nine year-old girl who has appeared in a West End musical is a step closer to achieving her dream of a recording contract after winning a place in the regional finals of a music competition.

Sophie Wythe of Belmont Road, Bexleyheath, sailed through the Open Mic UK auditions in August and will now compete in the regional finals on Saturday in Basildon where she will be performing her self-penned song.

Sophie, who attends the Theatre Street School of Performing Arts in Plumstead, said: “I am really thrilled to be in the regional finals of this competition.

“I’m excited and nervous about getting to sing my own song in front of such a big audience. I think it’ll be a great experience, I can’t wait”

The talented youth appeared in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium Theatre last year where she played Marta Von Trapp.

She remained in the West End for a year in the production of Oliver at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The Belmont Primary School student was among thousands who auditioned with the hope of gaining a place in the finals which will take place at the O2. The winner receives a record contract and the chance to do a UK tour.

Her gospel-inspired ballad, Lightly Row Across the River, was inspired by the subject of adoption which she wrote after singing in the Voice in a Million concert at the 02 last year which was in aid of an adoption charity.

At the live regional head-to-head Sophie will be performing infront of hundreds of audience members and a professional judging panel, hoping to win a place at the national grand final.

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