Michelle hit the high notes

Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown
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A SUPER singing coach is hoping to hit the high notes to land herself a recording contract and £5,000.

Hartlepool woman Michelle Brown went along to the auditions of Open Mic UK - a nationwide non-televised singing contest - to support her boyfriend Paul Skerritt.

But after he persuaded her to enter herself into the competition, held at the Tyne Theatre in Newcastle, she wowed judges with her rendition of No-one But You, from the musical We Will Rock You - and ended up making progress while Paul didn’t get through.

Michelle, 27, who works as a vocal coach and dance teacher at Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts , in Whitby Street South, Hartlepool, is now trying to come up with an equally impressive second song to sing at the regional finals held in the same venue on October 27.

And she can’t wait to give it her best shot.

She said: “I am really excited about it and I’m trying to pick a song that’s a bit different.

“I don’t want to go and do something that everyone is going to do like an Adele song, so I’m looking at Pink I think, something a bit rocky.

“I’m not building my hopes up too high, you can’t really in this industry. I learnt that a long time ago.

“I’ve done that many auditions in the past I know what it’s like. There are so many people out there going for the same thing.

“I’m just going to be myself and be as confident as I can be and go out there and do my best.

“But it would be unreal if I did get through.”

She added: “My boyfriend Paul is a professional singer and he talked me into auditioning. I didn’t think it was for my kind of singing. I just went and ended up getting through.

“I think it’s a little bit about the luck of the draw at the end of the day.”

Michelle, who lives in Naisberry Park, Hartlepool, started dancing and performing as a child and attended different dance schools in the town.

Then when she turned 16, she went off to stage school and has been in various girl bands and now classes herself as a musical theatre singer.

She has had to evolve a more modern style for this competition though as performers have to pick songs to sing from the last five years.

If she gets through the regional finals then she will be off to perform at the O2 Arena in London for the finals, with the recording contract and £5,000 cash prize up for grabs.