Kezia, aged 15, comes second in national singing competition

PUBLISHED: 19:00 26 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:34 03 September 2018

Kezia with the Open Mic UK judges.

Kezia with the Open Mic UK judges.

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A Weston-super-Mare youngster came runner-up in a national singing competition.

Kezia Povey finished second in the grand final of Open Mic UK, which was held in Birmingham’s NEC arena.

The 15-year-old, who attends Priory School, in Queensway, went through regional and area auditions to reach the final, beating 12,000 rivals in the process.

A panel of eight judges, including Dane Bowers and Barney Addison, head of music at record label Syco, said Kezia gave a ‘flawless’ performance of Jessie Ware’s Alone.

Proud mother Laura said: “I am so happy for Kezia, the feedback she received from the judges has been overwhelming. They really liked her performance and one has offered her the chance to use their recording studios and sing an original song in February.

“There were vocal coaches on the panel who have worked with a lot of people in their careers and they were very complimentary towards Kezia, Dane Bowers said she has an ‘amazing’ voice.”

MORE: Talented Weston-super-Mare student to show off singing and dancing talent.

Kezia Povey fought off competition from 12,000 people to reach the Open Mic UK grand final.Kezia Povey fought off competition from 12,000 people to reach the Open Mic UK grand final.

Kezia’s other interests include the performing arts and make-up and beauty, which she might study at college next year.

But signing remains her main passion - she also reached the final of Teen Stars in July 2017 and is no stranger to live performing in front of big audiences.

Laura said: “Hopefully something good can come from this as her dream is to sing professionally, she has always loved to sing.”

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