A BUDDING singer is gearing up for a big weekend as she aims to reach the finals of a national competition.
Mum-of-two Janine Andrews from Billingham is getting ready to perform in the northern area finals of the national Open Mic competition, which seeks to uncover the best unsigned talent in the country.
Janine, 29, made it through to the next round after winning a public vote at the regional finals in Newcastle in October.
Although she was not chosen by the judges, Janine won a wildcard public text vote.
She is now just one step away from performing on stage at the O2 Arena in London at the competitions final.
Janine, a creche worker, said: “I have been singing since I was at school, but it is only over the last couple of years I have really got back into it.
“I was absolutely over the moon to get through the regional finals.
“I’m really excited about the next one and if I get through I get to perform at the O2 which would be amazing.”
Janine, of Low Grange, will travel to Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, for the area finals on Sunday.
She hopes to win over the panel of judges with her version of Lady Gaga’s Edge of Reason with an acoustic twist.
Despite being a single mum to Liam, six, and Elissa, eight, Janine has honed her vocal skills by singing karaoke and appearing in local charity concerts.
Thousands of acts have entered this year’s Open Mic UK which is open to singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres.
The winner will be offered a comprehensive prize package and recording contract worth up to £30,000.