Budding popstar from Worthing through to regional finals of Open Mic UK

Holly Barber
Holly Barber

A WORTHING youngster is due to perform in the regional finals of a national singing competition on Saturday.

Holly Barber, 16, of Westbourne Avenue, performed a section of “Price Tag” by popstar Jessie J at the regional auditions of Open Mic UK, held in Hove in August.

The competition invites budding singers to perform a song in acapella style, for a chance to win a record deal and perform at the O2 arena in London.

Holly beat 70 other singers in the 16 and under category to gain a place in the regional final, which is due to be held at the Hove Centre on Saturday, October 1.

She said: “I was quite nervous. It was a bit like the XFactor, with all the judges sitting at a table in front of you. I only sang a verse and the chorus when they stopped me and sent me away. Then they called me back and told me I was through.”

Holly will now compete against the other 14 successful singers in her category to try and gain a place in the area final. She has chosen to perform a version of “Forget You” by Cee-Lo Green.

“I’m not too nervous yet but I think I will be closer to the time,” she said.

Holly, who has recently left Davison Girls School in Selbourne Road, is set to attend Northbrook College to study music.

“I have always sung ever since I was a little girl,” she said. “I want to persue a career in music, but I understand it’s a tough industry to get into.”

Holly’s mum, Gill Barber, 48, said she could not be prouder of her daughter.

“She has done ever so well,” she said. “I’m proud of her for having the confidence to get up on stage and do this. At 16 that is a great achievement.”

If you would like to buy tickets to the regional finals at the Hove Centre on October 1, email Gill on gill.tim@uk2.net.