A rising star in talent contest

A TALENTED performer has already impressed a panel of judges once - and now she’s planning to do it again.

Kate Williams, 23, was given the thumbs up by the judges at the first round of the Open Mic UK auditions and is now hoping for more of the same when she takes to the stage at the regional finals later this month.

Kate, who lives in the Grange Road area of Hartlepool with her dad, Alan, 55, was one of thousands of hopefuls who tried their luck at the first auditions and after getting the nod and getting through in the 23 and over category, she is now one step closer to reaching the grand final at London’s O2 arena.

“It was brilliant to get through, but I’m just taking one round at a time,” said Kate, who works at Eden Estates, in York Road, in the town.

Kate performed a cover version of The Animals classic House of the Rising Sun in her first audition and is now working hard ahead of the regional finals, which will be held at the Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, in Newcastle on Saturday, October 27.

“I’ve been singing and performing all my life,” added Kate.

“I have played loads of gigs in town and I saw the advert for this competition and signed up.

“The first audition was brilliant so I’m just hoping the next round goes just as well.”

Kate has a number of tickets to sell for the regional finals in Newcastle. To buy one email katewilliamsmusicuk@live.co.uk