Open Mic chance for Cellardyke’s Carrie

Carrie Forgan, Cellardyke singer
Carrie Forgan, Cellardyke singer

JADE Richards and Colin Malcolm may have been eliminated from the X Factor but a young Cellardyke woman is hoping to go all the way in a different singing contest.

Talented Carrie Forgan (20) has reached the Scottish final of the Open Mic UK contest.

Unlike the X Factor, it isn’t televised but, held annually, still awards its winner a recording contract.

Carrie, whose musical background is in theatre rather than pop, had to audition to reach the Scottish final and told the Mail she is now dreaming of emulating previous winners of the competition, such as 16-year-old singer Birdy, whose self-titled debut album has charted around the world.

Carrie said: “I thought ‘you know what, I will just go for it and see what happens’. There were hundreds of people there (at the auditon) and I was put into the 17-22 category. There was a panel of five judges, all with a background in music, and I sung ‘Creep’ by Radiohead.”

Obviously impressive, Carrie was put straight through to the Scottish final, which will be held in Glasgow’s Roycal Concert Hall on October 2 and she is hoping to win that, so she gets to sing at the grand UK final held in London’s O2 Arena, where the recording contract will be up for grabs.

She continued: “I hope I have a chance. I’m practising.

“I’m not sure what I will sing yet but have been looking at some Paloma Faith stuff as I need to sing a song written within the past five years.”

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