Siana sings her way to win national contestBy Laura Nightingale
January 24, 2013
YATELEY has once again been recognised as a place for nurturing musical talent as teenager Siana Schofield finished in first place in a national singing competition.
Following in the footsteps of Yateley’s Alexa Goddard, the 16-year-old from Yateley School was crowned the winner of the Open Mic UK competition at The O2 in London.
Siana’s original song, Stronger Than This, won over the judges, making her the winner of the 16 and under category and the overall winner.
The GCSE student, from Finchampstead, admitted her achievement has still not sunk in.
Siana said: “It does not feel like it has really happened, I am still getting my head around it.
“I could not believe it when they announced my name as I had tonsillitis during the few days leading up to the final.
“I did not think I had any chance of winning, I was so surprised.”
As part of her prize, Siana was awarded a package including social marketing, image and brand with Future Music, a publicity package and £5,000 to spend on the development of her music career.
The judging panel for the final last week included Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale, head of Future Music Chris Grayston, Kiss FM presenter Charlie Hedges and James Meadows from Universal.
Siana, who studies music, textiles and art, was one of 9,000 acts to sign up to Open Mic UK this year. The entrants included Chloe Smith, from Surrey Heath, who also reached the final stage.
Siana added: “I would definitely recommend the competition to anyone who’s thinking of entering it.
“The whole experience was amazing. I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me throughout the whole competition.”