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Open Mic UK winner crowned

16-year-old Siana wins the national competition.

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16-year-old Siana was named the winner of Open Mic UK at The O2 in London over the weekend.

The music student from Berkshire picked up the crown infront of a sold-out audience at IndigO2 on Saturday night. The prize she picked up was a recording and development deal.

Performing her own original song Stronger Than This, Siana won over the judges making her the winner of the 16 and under category and the overall winner.

Speaking about her victory Siana said, ‘It doesn’t feel like it’s really happened, I’m still getting my head around it! I couldn’t believe it when they announced my name as I had tonsillitis during the few days leading up to the final. I didn’t think I had any chance of winning, I was so surprised!’

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The panel that selected her as the winner included Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale, Ras Kwame, Head of BGM Michael King, Head of Future Music Chris Grayston, Kiss FM presenter Charlie Hedges, Director of The Agency Group Geoff Meall, James Meadows from Universal, scout for Sony ATV and Atlantic Brian Mahoney and Head of A& R at Future Music Ben Price.

Other winners on the night were Shaz Rahman from South East London, who won the 17-22 category, and Ricky and the Hats from Kent who took home the 23s and over title.

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