The O2 Arena beckons for talented Maddie

Maddie Rowland.
Maddie Rowland.

SINGER Maddie Rowland is a step closer to the stage at London’s O2 Arena after going through to the area final of a singing competition.

Maddie, 15, of Water Lane, South Witham, is through to the next stage of Open Mic UK and if she impresses judges again she will go on to the national final at the O2 Arena in January.

Thousands auditioned at the start of the competition, so to make it this far is a real accomplishment.

Maddie said: “I’m in the last 100 out of about 3,000 people. It feels quite shocking, in a good way.”

She performed a track by Joss Stone at the regional finals last month, accompanied by a friend on guitar. Out of the 26 competing, only seven were chosen to go on to the area final and Maddie was one of them.

All the acts were judged by industry experts.

Maddie, a pupil of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, said: “It was a pretty stressful day but worth it in the end.

“The competition was really hard and I didn’t expect to get through again.

“I had some friends and family supporting me. When I was on stage and said I was from Grantham there was a huge cheer.”

If Maddie goes all the way and wins at the grand final in London, she will walk away with a recording contract towards a very bright future. The prize adds up to more than £50,000 in total.

Lots of friends and relatives will be going on to support Maddie in the next stage.

l To see Maddie’s fabulous performance on stage at the area finals last month, visit http://tinyurl.com/maddiesings