O2 dream comes true for Jade, 16

So excited ... Jade Donno, who is in the final of Open Mic UK.
So excited ... Jade Donno, who is in the final of Open Mic UK.
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A schoolgirl will be singing at London’s O2 Arena with the chance of winning £50,000 worth of prizes after scooping a wild card place in a national competition.

Talented singer Jade Donno, 16, will be the envy of all her friends as she takes to the stage this Saturday in the grand final of Open Mic UK, a competition for aspiring singers, songwriters and rappers from across the country.

The Gosfield School pupil, who performed at the regional finals in Ipswich and area finals in Bedford, narrowly missed out on a spot in the grand final, but was given a lifeline when she was invited to enter via a wild card.

Now, thanks to votes cast in support of her through social networking site Facebook, she will face a live audience and judging panel, made up of industry experts, for a shot at a recording contract and a UK tour with over 100 gig dates.

Jade said: “This is an amazing opportunity for all the acts to show what they can do in front of some of the leading people in the music business.

“I know everyone says this but it is a dream come true.”

For the full story, see this week’s Free Press.